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Pollster: Trump Support Could Be Key for Strange in Alabama Race

Pollster: Trump Support Could Be Key for Strange in Alabama Race
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By    |   Monday, 14 August 2017 01:58 PM

President Donald Trump's Monday endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange may be the key he needs to hold onto Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat, pollster Scott Rasmussen said Monday.

"Strange has the bad fortune to be hanging out with Senate Republicans at a time when Alabama voters and Republican base voters all around the country are mad at Senate Republicans," Rasmussen told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

Strange was appointed to Sessions' former seat after Trump named the longtime senator to his cabinet, and shortly after, the president endorsed him to keep the seat, saying he was doing a "great job."

Rasmussen pointed out Monday that Rep. Mo Brooks, also running in Tuesday's special election, also has hoped to get the vital Trump endorsement.

"Who wouldn't want that endorsement," Rasmussen said.

Strange also has gotten endorsements from allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the National Rifle Association. However, another opponent, Roy Moore is favored by evangelical voters.

Strange also may face difficulty because he was appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley, who has since resigned amid a sex scandal. Strange, the Alabama attorney general, had been overseeing Bentley's investigation when the governor appointed him to Sessions' former seat.

Moore and McConnell are not at the same ideological level, show co-host Steve Doocy said, and Rasmussen agreed that if Moore eventually wins the Senate seat, he likely won't work with McConnell.

"What he would be is a safe Republican vote," said Rasmussen. "I mean, this is a state that doesn't elect Democrats ... we would expect the Republican to fill this seat, to be very safe in this seat. And I think Judge Moore would be the biggest headache that you could possibly imagine for McConnell."

Rasmussen explained nine candidates are running in the special election Tuesday, with the top two finishers squaring off against each other on Sept. 25, with the winner of that race facing a Democratic challenger in December.

"I think Roy Moore will be in the finals no, doubt," said Rasmussen. "Some polls suggest it could be close for the second spot. I suspect Luther Strange could get across the Senate line. In late September, if President Trump continues to support Strange, I think he will be the Republican nominee."

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President Donald Trump's Monday endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange may be the key he needs to hold onto Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat, pollster Scott Rasmussen said Monday.
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