By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
Recent polling conducted by the Alabama Forestry Association shows Scott Beason is gaining momentum in the Sixth Congressional District race. According to insiders, Beason has a strong lead among conservative in the District.
Paul DeMarco is ahead with moderates, putting the two candidates in a pitch battle for a run off.
Beason is up eight points since the last public poll. Momentum is clearly behind the candidate often described as “Alabama’s leading conservative.”
“We are a grassroots campaign fighting for grassroots conservative values, and, as voters have had a chance to cut through the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on slick, consultant-tested ads, they are realizing that we need proven, bold, conservative leadership,” said Beason. “I am so pleased by the incredible support we are seeing.”
As momentum coalesces behind Beason, newcomer Chad Mathis, who was vying for the conservative vote in the District, has taken a tumble-on-the-heels of several significant ad buys. Despite the money spent on this race and the endorsement of several Washington groups, including pro-amnesty organizations, Mathis fell two points in the newest poll.
“Look, it is easy to come on to the scene and use your connections with Washington insiders to raise a bunch of money and project an image on television,” said Beason. “However, with what Barack Obama is doing in Washington, Alabamians are taking this vote seriously, and they have seen me do battle with this administration in Montgomery and trust I will do the same in Washington.”
“Now is not the time to go with someone who can merely recite the right talking points,” Beason added.
Beason and DeMarco are currently positioned to also make the run-off.
A Beason- DeMarco show-down would pit the social conservative wing of the ALGOP against the business moderates.
The results of the poll show DeMarco sitting at 24 percent, Beason at 17 percent (an increase of 8 points since the last released poll), Mathis at 14 percent (down 2 percent), Will Brooke at 8 percent, and Gary Palmer at 7 percent.