U.S. Senator Luther Strange holds a slight lead over Chief Justice Roy Moore with less than a month before the Republican Primary for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, according to a new WBRC poll.
In what is a statistical tie, Strange received 35 percent of “likely” registered voters; Moore received 33 percent. The only other candidate in the 9-person field with double digit support was U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who took 16 percent.
Moore, like Strange, is the only other candidate in the Republican field who has been elected to a statewide office.
The survey, using 3,000 registered voters, weighted for demographics and with a 95 percent confidence factor and +/- 2-point margin of error, was commissioned by the Raycom News Network and conducted by Mobile’s Strategy Research.
“I don’t want to count Mo (Brooks) out,” pollster Jon Gray of Strategic Research and Public Relations told WBRC. “He’s got money and he just started spending on TV, but Judge Moore is neck and neck with Luther Strange.”
Sixty-five percent of respondents identified as Republicans.
As for Democrats, Robert Kennedy, Jr., leads the 7-person field with 49 percent; former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones had 28 percent. The remaining candidates took only single digits.
“It shows how much voter I.D. really means,” Gray pointed out. “This Robert Kennedy is a young man from south Alabama and he’s got a really good name.”