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Poll: Democrat Nearly Tied With Republicans in Alabama Senate Race

Poll: Democrat Nearly Tied With Republicans in Alabama Senate Race
Alabama Democratic candidate for senate Doug Jones (Facebook)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 September 2017 07:21 PM

As Republicans slug out a bitter runoff for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a new poll shows surprising support for Democrat Doug Jones.

According to a new Emerson College Poll, Jones is nipping at the heels of Sen. Luther Strange and his challenger, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Jones, a former federal prosecutor for the Birmingham district who successfully prosecuted the men responsible for the bombing of a black church that killed four young girls in 1963, trails Strange by only 3 points and Moore by 4 points.

Part of Jones' surprisingly strong showing in the deep red state is attributable to the bitter fight between Strange, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sessions, and Moore, nationally known among conservatives as the "Ten Commandments Judge" for placing a 5,000-pound granite monument to the commandments in the Alabama Supreme Court building. He was removed from office for refusing to have it taken out.

President Donald Trump has endorsed Strange and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund has spent $2.5 million in his behalf.

But Moore, who has spent little compared to Strange, rode his folk-hero status to a first-place finish in August's special election, leads the incumbent Strange by 14 points in the current poll, a big jump over his 2-point lead in late August.

Supporters of the two Republicans have such enmity for the other candidate that 25 percent of Moore's backers told the poll they would vote for Jones if Strange wins the Sept. 26 runoff. And 31 percent of Strange's voters say they go with Jones over Moore.

Here are the poll's latest numbers:

Sept. 26 runoff:

  • Moore: 40 percent.
  • Strange: 26 percent.

Theoretical general elections:

  • Moore: 44 percent.
  • Jones: 40 percent.
  • Strange: 43 percent.
  • Jones: 40 percent.

The poll of likely voters was conducted Sept. 8-9. It has a margin of error of 4.8 percent for the general election and 5.2 percent for the primary runoff.

Alabama has not had a Democrat represent it in the U.S. Senate since the retirement of Howell Heflin in 1997.

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