Poll: Moore ahead of Brooks, Strange in race

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY SETH MCLAUGH­LIN

For­mer Alabama Chief Jus­tice Roy Moore is lead­ing the GOP field in Tues­day’s spe­cial elec­tion pri­mary race in Alabama, ac­cord­ing to a new poll that sug­gests he is well po­si­tioned to ad­vance to a runoff race this fall.

The sur­vey from Cyg­nal and L2 found Mr. Moore lead­ing in­terim Sen. Luther Strange by a 30.7 per­cent to 22.6 per­cent mar­gin and that Rep. Mo Brooks is run­ning in third place with 18.1 per­cent of the vote.

Un­less a can­di­date se­cures more than 50 per­cent of the vote in the pri­mary next week, the top two vote-get­ters will face-off in a Sept. 26 con­test.

“I ex­pect Moore and Strange in the runoff elec­tion, but Strange hasn’t locked down the sec­ond spot yet,” said Brent Buchanan, pres­i­dent of Cyg­nal.

Pres­i­dent Trump shook up the race ear­lier this week when he en­dorsed Mr. Strange, who was ap­pointed to the seat af­ter Sen. Jeff Ses­sions, who served for four terms, va­cated it to be­come at­tor­ney gen­eral.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if Pres­i­dent Trump’s en­dorse­ment of Sen. Strange in­creases voter turnout, which should fa­vor Strange ac­cord­ing to our sur­vey re­sults,” Mr. Buchanan said.

Cer­tainly, Mr. Strange was try­ing to make the most of Mr. Trump’s en­dorse­ment, rolling out new ra­dio and tele­vi­sion ads Thurs­day cast­ing him as the “Trump man” in a GOP race

“Pres­i­dent Trump says Luther Strange is the best con­ser­va­tive to pass our agenda, tweet­ing ‘Luther Strange has done a great job rep­re­sent­ing the great state of Alabama,’” the nar­ra­tor says in the tele­vi­sion ad. “‘He has my com­plete and to­tal en­dorse­ment.’”

The race in Alabama has be­come a con­test over who will be Mr. Trump’s big­gest ally, with each of the can­di­dates pledg­ing their sup­port for the pres­i­dent’s agenda.

“Oth­ers at­tack our pres­i­dent, I am fight­ing with him to drain the swamp and re­peal Oba­macare,” Mr. Strange says in the tele­vi­sion ad.

Mr. Strange’s new ra­dio ad high­lights com­ments Mr. Brooks has made in the past crit­i­ciz­ing Mr. Trump.

Mr. Brooks has the back­ing of sev­eral high-pro­file con­ser­va­tive groups and com­men­ta­tors, in­clud­ing the Se­nate Con­ser­va­tives Fund, the Madi­son Project, and pro-Trump broad­cast­ers Sean Han­nity and Mark Levin.

But he also has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of some sharp at­tacks from groups aligned with Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, Ken­tucky Repub­li­can, that are sup­port­ing Mr. Strange.

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