Roy Moore leads in new Alabama Senate poll

Roy Moore leads in new Alabama Senate poll
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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore holds a comfortable lead ahead of his opponents in Tuesday's GOP primary for Alabama's Senate seat, according to a new poll.

Moore now sits at 35 percent support in a new poll from the Trafalgar Group, with a 12-point gap between him and his closest competitor, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who currently holds the seat.

Strange was appointed in February to fill the seat left open by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRyan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families MORE. He sits at 23 percent support in the poll, just three points above Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksLatino groups intervene in Alabama census lawsuit Alabama GOP congressman preps possible Senate bid against Doug Jones Loyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party MORE (R-Ala.), the only other Republican in the poll who breaks double-digit support. Candidates are competing to serve out the remainder of Sessions's term, which ends in 2020.

Recent polls have shown Moore with somewhere between 30 percent and 35 percent support. A poll released Tuesday showed Moore with the highest favorability ratings of any candidate in the race. Fifty-three percent of Alabama voters view Moore favorably, compared with just 35 percent for Strange. 

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The race received national attention last month, when Brooks used audio of a shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others in a campaign ad. A spokesman for Scalise said at the time that the ad made his "stomach turn."

Polling of Alabama's Senate race suggests that Moore is surging amid a collapse in support for Strange, despite the fact that Strange was endorsed by President Trump earlier this week. A poll released by Cygnal last week shows Strange down 10 points from the same poll in July. About half of that support went to Moore, according to the poll.

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