Decision 2017: (Special Election) Alabama U.S. Senate poll #2 – Republican runoff

For two decades, Jeff Sessions has represented Alabama in the United Senate Senate. 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 held their primaries on August 15. The Democrats have already decided on Doug Jones. The Republican contest is going to a September 26 runoff. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore (who is considered the favorite of evangelical conservatives) finished first with 39% of the vote.  He faces appointed senator Luther Strange (who is being supported by both President Trump and the U.S. Senate leadership), who received 33% of the primary vote, while the remaining eight “also rans” received 28% of the vote.

The poll can be viewed here, and there are two main takeaways: (1) while the race has tightened, former Chief Justice Roy Moore remains comfortably ahead, (2) evangelical support continues to fuel Moore’s runoff lead.