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Poll: Senate race narrows between Brooks, Britt

Katie Britt comes out ahead of Brooks when respondents were asked which they’d vote for in a head-to-head ballot.

Republican Senate candidate Katie Britt, left, and Congressman Mo Brooks, right.

The race between U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama and Katie Britt for the U.S. Senate continues to narrow, according to a recent independent poll. 

The McLaughlin & Associates poll asked people who they’d vote for in the primary, and 31.4 percent of respondents said Brooks while 26.2 percent said Britt. 

The polling firm questioned 500 likely Republican voters, and when asked which they’d vote for in a straight ticket between Britt and Brooks, Britt came out ahead with 38.8 percent of respondents selecting her over Brooks, at 36.6 percent. 

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Brooks, but according to the poll that endorsement may not be as helpful as Brooks would like. 

Asked if they would vote for Brooks because of the Trump endorsement, 19 percent said they would while 38 percent said they would keep an open mind and 33 percent said the Trump endorsement had no impact.

Asked if they would rather vote for a candidate who has been in office for almost four decades or a political outsider who wants to change how things are done in the Senate, respondents picked the outsider 68.6 percent to the career politician, 12.8 percent.

Among those polled Brooks also had a larger unfavorable rating, at 21.4 percent to Britt’s 10.4 percent. Britt does have less name recognition, with 27.2 percent of respondents saying they’ve never heard of Britt to 9 percent saying they’d not heard of Brooks. 

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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