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 McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) is also backing Strange.

Most of Moore's newfound support seems to have come from supporters of Rep. Mo BrooksMo BrooksAlabama Rep. Mo Brooks endorses Moore for Senate How Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal House defeats conservative effort to defund Amtrak 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.