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Justice Stewart leads Chief Justice race with 22 percent margin

Stewart’s campaign has also received substantial backing, highlighted by endorsements from 23 district attorneys across Alabama.

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Justice Sarah Stewart, currently serving on the Alabama Supreme Court, is a prominent candidate in the race to become the state’s next Chief Justice. With nearly two decades of experience in the judicial system, Stewart has earned a strong reputation, particularly highlighted by her 13 years as a circuit judge and her presidency of the Circuit Judges Association. A Vanderbilt Law School graduate, Stewart has built significant relationships with state lawmakers, which she believes will benefit her in the Chief Justice role.

A recent survey by the Montgomery-based firm Strategy Management shows Justice Stewart with a 22-point lead in the race for Alabama’s next Chief Justice. Conducted in the week of February 19, the survey polled 519 likely GOP Primary voters across Alabama. It found that Stewart has a 4-1 favorable ratio, significantly higher than her opponent, who is largely unknown with more than 84 percent of voters having no opinion or not recognizing him.

In the initial ballot test, Stewart led 25-9, with 66 percent undecided. This lead expanded to 61-39 in her favor in a forced ballot test, indicating that Stewart is the preferred candidate for nearly 55 percent of all undecided voters. Strategy Management President Dalton Dismukes noted that Stewart’s dominance in the race is a testament to her reputation as an experienced, fair, and constitutional jurist, predicting her support will continue to grow as more voters become aware of her service and message.

“This survey shows that Justice Stewart is continuing to dominate this race just as she has the entire campaign. It’s clear that her record as an experienced, fair, and constitutional jurist has made her the overwhelming choice of voters, Dismukes said. “I would expect her numbers to continue to grow as more learn of her service to the people of Alabama and her message continues to resonate.”

Stewart’s campaign has also received substantial backing, highlighted by endorsements from 23 district attorneys across Alabama and a significant fundraising advantage over her opponent, former state senator Bryan Taylor. Her campaign underscores her proven conservative judicial leadership and commitment to justice, emphasizing her extensive experience and law enforcement endorsements as pivotal reasons for voter support in the primary on March 5.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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