By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Thursday, August 24, 2017, the Judge Roy Moore for Senate Campaign announced that former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice-President nominee, Sarah Palin, has endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions (R).
Former Governor Palin said, “Glad he’s running and am honored to endorse Judge Roy Moore for the US Senate. Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment. The Judge has proven he’s not afraid of a fight for what is right, and he’s ready to take on DC’s swamp monsters and help make America great again. We need more bold leaders like Judge Moore who will fight for all of us in the US Senate.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin,” Judge Moore said in a statement. “Governor Palin has a strong record of speaking out for conservative causes and standing up to the Washington establishment. Having her support shows how conservatives across the country are uniting behind our campaign to send a message to Mitch McConnell and the Washington elites who are trying to buy this election.”
Sarah Palin is an American politician, commentator, and author who served as the 11th Governor of Alaska. She is the only woman nominated by the Republican Party for Vice President of the United States. She ran in 2008 as Senator John McCain’s running mate. Sarah Palin was named to TIME magazine’s 2010 “100 Most Influential People in the World” list, the Smithsonian Institutes’ “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time” and Barbara Walter’s “Ten Most Fascinating People” list two years in a row. Her book ‘Going Rogue’ has sold over two million copies. Her and her husband, Todd Palin, have five children and five grandchildren.
On Wednesday, a new poll sponsored by Decision Desk IQ showed former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore leading appointed Senator Luther Strange (R) by 18 points. Over half of likely Republican voters said that they will vote for Moore. Moore leads 50.3 percent to just 32.2 for Luther Strange. 17.5 percent are undecided.
This is similar to a poll released on Monday by JMS Analytics that showed an even larger (19 points) lead for Judge Moore.
54.3 percent of likely Republican voters have a favorable view of Roy Moore; while only 39.3 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Luther Strange. Worse for Strange, 45.9 percent of Republicans (nearly half) view him unfavorably; while only 32.4 percent of Republican have an unfavorable opinion of Judge Moore.
Many Alabamians remain highly suspicious of Strange and the irregular circumstances surrounding his appointment by then Governor Robert Bentley (R). Strange had been investigating Gov. Bentley for alleged ethical and campaign finance lapses surrounding his alleged extramarital affair with married staffer, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Despite the ongoing criminal investigation, Strange still asked Gov. Bentley for an appointment to the US Senate. Strange’s successor appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Gov. Bentley. Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in April and resigned from office rather than be impeached.
Some politicos have told The Alabama Political Reporter that Strange’s numbers are too negative for him to overcome, even with the enormous financial backing of the Washington elites including Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).
Strange for his part was in Walker County this week telling voters to ignore the polls.
The Republican runoff will be on September 26.
The winner will face Doug Jones (D) on December 12.
To see the details of the latest poll: