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New poll shows Durant, Britt leading U.S. Senate race, Ivey still strong

The poll conducted by the Forestry Association shows Britt and Durant pulling away from Brooks, while Ivey holds a commanding lead.

Governor Kay Ivey, Senate candidate Katie Britt, and Senate candidate Mike Durant.

Katie Britt and Mike Durant are the clear frontrunners in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, and no one is within 45 points of Gov. Kay Ivey in her Republican primary, according to a recent poll

The poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates and paid for by the ForestPAC, the political arm of the Alabama Forestry Association, shows Durant and Britt in a virtual deadlock (33 percent to 32, respectively) in the senate race and Brooks trailing the pair by more than 14 points. 

Durant and Britt also trounced Brooks in the all-important favorable/unfavorable category. Durant scored 52/13 – a remarkably high spread in such a tight race – and Britt came in at 49/21. Brooks, meanwhile, was upside down, scoring 37/45.

The poll also showed Ivey leading her closest challenger, Tim James, 60-14. Ivey scored a remarkable 75/20 in the favorable/unfavorable portion of the poll. James was 28/25 and Lindy Blanchard was a nearly even 22/20. 

The poll also showed state Auditor Jim Zeigler with a solid lead in the race for secretary of state, 25-13, over Rep. Wes Allen. 

The poll was conducted March 10-13 among 500 likely Republican voters. According to the responses, 80 percent of the respondents identified as Republican. More than 90 percent disapproved of the job President Joe Biden is doing and 90 percent approved of the job Donald Trump did as president.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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