Poll: Moore up 17 points in Alabama Senate race

Poll: Moore up 17 points in Alabama Senate race
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Republican Roy Moore leads his Democratic opponent in the Alabama Senate race by 17 points, according to a new poll.

Moore takes 56 percent of the vote, while Democrat Doug Jones takes 39 percent, according to a survey commissioned by the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), which has ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.), and conducted by Axis Research.

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More than half of voters in Alabama are backing Moore, a former state supreme court justice, the poll noted. The survey also said Alabamians care most about transforming Washington, D.C. and moral values.

The results of the survey come a little more than one month before the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line DOJ inquiry tied to Clinton, touted by Trump winds down with no tangible results: report MORE.

Moore, who lead an insurgent campaign to defeat Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State 'certificate of need' laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R-Ala.) in September, has the backing of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon. Bannon has vowed to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterm elections.

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As the Republican, Moore has long been expected to win in the deep-red state. But more recent polls have proved surprisingly close, with the RealClearPolitics poll average currently putting Moore up only 6 points over Jones.

The survey of 503 people was conducted from Oct. 24 to 26 by both landlines and cell phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.47 percentage points.