For two decades, Jeff Sessions has represented Alabama in the United Senate Senate (interestingly, despite his long tenure, he is the state’s junior senator – his colleague Richard Shelby was elected in 1986). Earlier this year, President Donald Trump chose Sessions to be Attorney General, and a special election is being called to fill his vacant seat.
Both parties are holding their primaries on August 15 (if necessary, party runoff(s) will be on September 26). Eight Democrats are running, as are 10 Republicans. The Republican contest is a fight among various party factions: appointed senator Luther Strange (who is being heavily backed by the U.S. Senate leadership) faces both former Chief Justice Roy Moore (who is considered the favorite of evangelical conservatives) and Congressman “Mo” Brooks, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
The poll can be viewed here, and there are two main takeaways: (1) former Chief Justice Roy Moore leads the crowded Republican field, and (2) the battle for who makes the September 26 GOP runoff is a statistical tie between appointed incumbent Luther Strange and Congressman Brooks.