Poll: Second poll shows Moore with big lead in Alabama Senate race

Poll: Second poll shows Moore with big lead in Alabama Senate race
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Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has taken a commanding 18-point lead in Alabama's Republican Senate primary runoff, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Opinion Savvy-Decision Desk HQ poll released Wednesday finds Moore with 50.3 percent support in the state, compared to just 32.2 percent for his challenger, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

Moore, who was removed from the state's Supreme Court twice, has seen his lead over Strange swell after coming in first place in last week's primary. Moore won only 38 percent of the vote, compared to 32 percent for Strange.

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A second poll released Sunday by JMC Analytics and Polling showed Moore with a 19-point lead over Strange.

The two candidates will meet in a runoff on Sept. 26.

Moore is leading Strange despite the latter's endorsement from President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill MORE (R-Ky.) is also backing Strange.

Most of Moore's newfound support seems to have come from supporters of Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksGOP rep rushes down stairs as reporter asks about Roy Moore's accusers GOP lawmaker backing Moore: Conservative agenda 'more important than contested sexual allegations’ Alabama rep: I'm still backing Moore because he'll 'vote right' MORE (R-Ala.), who came in third place in the initial primary with just under 20 percent of the vote. No other candidates received double digit support during the first round of voting.

Trump hasn't seen his endorsement carry much weight despite his high approval rating in the state. The poll found that 83.4 percent of the state supports the job Trump has done in the White House so far, compared to just 14 percent who disapprove.

Almost 18 percent of voters remain undecided. The runoff will be held on Sep. 26.

The Opinion Savvy-Decision Desk HQ poll contacted 494 people via mobile devices on Aug. 22. It carries a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.