A new poll from Decision Desk HQ places Democrat Doug Jones only six points behind Republican competitor Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat.
Sessions left the Senate after he was appointed U.S. attorney general by Donald Trump earlier this year.
In a survey of 590 Alabaman voters, 50.2 percent indicated that they were planning to vote for Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court; 44.6 percent stated they would vote for Jones, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.
The margin of error was +/- 4.0 percent.
Alabama is, by and large, a red state. Republicans hold majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, as well as the office of governor, giving the party trifecta control of the state.
Federally, both of Alabama’s seats in the U.S. Senate are held by Republicans, as are six of its seven seats in the House.
However, that doesn’t mean that Republican will easily win November’s special election; open races for the U.S. Senate in Alabama have not been so clear cut. Sessions won election to his seat in 1996 by a margin of just seven percent.
Prior to his election, Democrats had held Alabama’s class 2 seat since 1871.
With over a month to go before the election, Jones trailing behind by a mere six points does not bode well for Moore, particularly when factoring in the poll’s margin of error.
Moreover, Moore has not enjoyed the support of the Republican establishment until recently. Several officials, including President Trump, endorsed his opponent in the Republican primary, current Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed to temporarily fill the seat by former Governor Robert Bentley.
Trump tweeted his support for Moore after he defeated Strange in last week’s Republican primary runoff, and even deleted his old tweets that had expressed support for Strange.
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