Disgraced Former Justice Roy Moore Leads Poll For GOP Senate Nomination In Alabama
Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was twice removed from the bench due to his willful failure to follow the orders of a Federal District Court, is leading in a new poll of the Republican primary for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore leads the crowded Republican primary field in the state’s Senate race, according to a new poll.
Moore has 30 percent support in the JMC Analytics and Polling survey. He is followed by Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), with 22 percent, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who had 19 percent.
Another 17 percent are undecided.
The poll found that 53 percent of respondents view Moore favorably, compared with 34 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him.
Just 35 percent have a favorable view of Strange and half of respondents see him unfavorably.
About one-third, 31 percent, have a favorable impression of Brooks, compared with 43 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him.
The poll of 500 Alabama residents was conducted from Aug. 5-6. Its margin of error is 4.4 percent.
Last month, Brooks sparked controversy with a campaign ad using audio from the June shooting that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
Outside of his races for Chief Justice, Moore has run in statewide offices for Governor in the past and always come in rather low in the pack. This time, he appears to be benefiting to no small degree from an expanded field and the fact that the voters aren’t entirely sold on former State Attorney General Luther Strange, who was appointed by the state’s former Governor to fill the vacancy Sessions left when he resigned to become Attorney General. As things stand, the candidate who wins the Republican nomination will most likely win the General Election in December.
If these poll numbers hold up, then it’s likely that Moore will end up in a runoff with either Strange or Congressman Mo Brooks that would be held in September. Hopefully, whichever candidates ends up running against the former Chief Justice will be able to consolidate the vote against him and prevent this man from becoming a Senator because that’s pretty much the last thing this country needs.