Alabama Senate GOP primary poll: Moore leads with 30 percent support

Alabama Senate GOP primary poll: Moore leads with 30 percent support
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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 BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksAlabama rep: Roy Moore accuser 'is clearly a liar' GOP rep rushes down stairs as reporter asks about Roy Moore's accusers GOP lawmaker backing Moore: Conservative agenda 'more important than contested sexual allegations’ MORE (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.).

The race has heated up ahead of the August vote. Candidates are competing to serve out the remainder of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE's term, which ends in 2020. Strange was appointed in February to serve until the special election.

If no candidate hits 50 percent on the Aug. 15 primary, the top two candidates will move on to a runoff on Sept. 26, before the general election in December.