A new poll shows former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) leading Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangePandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R) by eight points just days before the Republican primary for the Alabama Senate.
Moore, the favorite on the right, took 54 percent support in a Fox10 News/Strategy Research survey, while the incumbent Strange got 46 percent.
The race has become a proxy war between the conservative grass roots and the establishment.
President Trump will attend a rally for Strange on Friday night in Huntsville as he tries to spark a comeback for the incumbent, who trailed by as many as 18 points in a poll from last month.
Trump has credited the tightening in the race to his backing of Strange, but the Fox10 survey found that only two in 10 Republicans said they were swayed by the presidential endorsement.
And Moore has been buoyed by many of Trump’s most loyal supporters.
Strange's supporters sought to cast doubt on the polling, arguing that the robo-poll surveys any Republican that has voted in the last four elections while the secretary of State is predicting low turnout.
“This poll oversamples unlikely voters to manufacture a lead for Moore and should be taken with Jimmy Buffett’s shaker of salt,” said Senate Leadership Fund spokesman Chris Pack.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) headlined a pro-Moore rally with Breitbart News writer and former White House aide Sebastian Gorka on Thursday night.
Breitbart and its chairman Stephen Bannon, who until recently was Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, are squarely behind Moore. A pro-Trump outside group called Great America Alliance is going up with pro-Moore ads this weekend during the Alabama football game.
Meanwhile, Strange’s allies, including a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (R-Ky.), have poured tens of millions of dollars into the race. There are no recent polls that show Strange in the lead.
The Fox10 News/Strategy Research survey of 2,000 Republicans who said they plan to vote in Tuesday’s primary election has a 3-percentage-point margin of error.