A recent poll on the Public Service Commission Place 1 and Place 2 races shows both Republican incumbents potentially in danger of losing their seats to challengers in the upcoming June primary run-off election, according to polling data compiled by McLaughlin & Associates between between June 6 and June 9.
According to the poll for PSC Place 1, Republican challenger Brent Woodall, an attorney and former chief of staff at the Alabama Public Service Commission, is polling at 21.6 percent, above Republican incumbent Jeremy Oden, who shows 19.0 percent, with the majority of individuals polled — 59.4 percent — undecided.
During the midterm Republican Primary in May, Oden received 34.30 percent of the total vote, while Woodall received 30.92 percent — approximately 3.38 percent less than Oden. Oden received approximately 16,433 votes more than Woodall out of 316,887 total votes cast for both Oden and Woodall during the primary in May, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office.
By comparison, the poll for PSC Place 2 tells a similar story: Republican Challenger Robert McCollum, a small business owner originally from Dadeville, with 23.0 percent, slightly above Republican incumbent Chip Beeker with 21.4 percent. The majority of individuals polled — 55.6 percent — remain undecided.
During the midterm Republican Primary in May, Beeker received 43.15 percent of the total vote, with McCollum receiving 35.84 percent.
There are no Democratic candidates for the two Alabama Public Service Commission places ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.
The Republican primary run-off election is scheduled for June 21.