Mo Brooks holds lead in Alabama GOP Senate primary, but Katie Britt in contention

Mo Brooks holds lead in Alabama GOP Senate primary, but Katie Britt in contention
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Rep. Mo Brooks tops Katie Britt in the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Alabama, according to a new poll, although the data suggest the congressman’s lead is not impenetrable.

Brooks, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, led Britt 41% to 11% in the poll from Public Opinion Strategies, a GOP firm. But underneath the hood, the survey reveals room to grow for Britt, former chief of staff to Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican retiring in 2022. A whopping 39% of respondents were undecided. And, among those backing Brooks, 18% said they would “probably” vote for him, versus 23% whose vote was “definite.”

Britt, 37, announced for Senate in early June after Trump had endorsed Brooks and proceeded to raise an impressive $2.2 million for her campaign. Filling Britt’s coffers were small donors in Alabama but also Shelby, who gave through his political action committee, Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who did the same, and a PAC based in Washington that calls itself Value in Electing Republican Women.

At issue is whether Britt can turn this early enthusiasm into enough support to overcome Brooks and his endorsement from Trump, who is incredibly popular in Alabama.

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The poll, conducted mainly to research attitudes toward energy policy among the state’s voters, showed that of the 11% Britt garnered, just 4% was “definite,” while 7% was “probable.” Trailing Britt in the survey were businesswoman Jessica Taylor with 7% and former ambassador Lynda Blanchard with 3%. Blanchard, appointed United States ambassador to Slovenia by Trump, was not able to parlay her relationship with the former president into an endorsement.

The poll of 600 likely voters, conducted Aug. 24–Sept. 2 and published on Wednesday, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.56 percentage points. Alabama’s primary is scheduled for May 24, with a runoff in June if necessary. Armed with Trump’s endorsement, Brooks is considered the favorite to win the Senate nomination.

Alabama is conservative territory.

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Yet, according to this poll, a plurality of voters in the state, 43%, said they “strongly support” the government “taking steps to reduce emissions of gasses like carbon dioxide and methane emissions that cause global climate change.”

Another 32% said they were “somewhat” supportive. Additionally, 33% said climate change is an “extreme threat,” while another 33% said it is a “threat to be considered.”

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Original Author: David M. Drucker

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