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Multiple polls show Ivey with commanding lead in gubernatorial race

Three new polls show Ivey could cruise to the GOP nomination without a runoff.

Gov. Kay Ivey. Photo taken from video of her kickoff speech.

Three recent polls of the Alabama governor’s race show Gov. Kay Ivey with a commanding lead, and apparently cruising towards a runoff-free nomination. 

The three polls, taken by three different groups over the last month, all show essentially the same numbers: Ivey at 60 percent, Tim James and Lindy Blanchard hovering between 10-15 percent. The polls also show between 12 and 16 percent of likely Republican voters to be undecided. 

A memo sent out to supporters on Tuesday by Ivey’s campaign called the results “dominating,” and called James’ direct attacks on Ivey “weak” and “poorly delivered.” 

“In Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabamians know they have a fighter who will always push back against the overreaches of the failing Biden White House and defend Alabama’s conservative values,” read the memo from Austin Chambers, Ivey’s general campaign consultant. 

The three polls were conducted by Terrance Group, 1819, LLC., and McLaughlin & Associates (which APR reported on Tuesday). In those polls, respectively, Ivey received 61, 60 and 60 percent. James received 13, 13 and 14 percent, and Blanchard received 10, 8 and 11 percent. 

No other candidate managed higher than 2 percent. 

The memo from Chambers also noted that Ivey hasn’t greatly outspent her competition. The governor has so far paid $2 million for a variety of ads, none of which directly mention her competition. James has spent $1.6 million and Blanchard has spent $1.5 million. 

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The Republican Primary election will be held May 24.

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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