By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MOBILE—In a new poll released by POLITICO, the contest to replace Rep. Jo Bonner in Alabama congressional district one, shows Dean Young with a slight edge over Bradley Byrne.
The poll, conducted by the GOP consulting firm Cygnal, has Dean with a 43.2 percent to 40.2 percent advantage over Byrne.
The race has been portrayed by the national media as a duel between two side of the republican coin, Dean the anti-establishment Tea Party favorite and Byrne the pro-business establishment type.
The poll of 1,027 likely voters conducted Wednesday shows the race in a dead heat with the results within the survey’s 3.03 percent margin of error.
The poll comes on the heels of Byrne picking up some big name supporters including Former U.S. Rep. Jack Edwards, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Byrne is even backed by Rep. Jo Bonner the man he hopes to replace.
Dean has had one constant ally who carries a big stick in grass-roots politics that is Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Moore has a consistent following that helped him winning back the Chief Justice position beating back the establishment candidates in 2012.
While the national media may see this as a fight for the soul of the Republican party, in Alabama it is more a continuation of the divisions that have existed for years in the ALGOP.