Luther Strange, Alabama's recently appointed incumbent U.S. senator, survived Round One of Alabama's Senate primary, finishing second to make it to a runoff against former state Chief Justice Roy Moore. But a new poll hints that he has quite an uphill climb if he wants to stay in the world's most exclusive legislative body.
Both Strange and Moore are controversial. In Moore's case, that has to do with his religious fundamentalism and eagerness to disobey court orders. In Strange's case, it has to do with his appointment to the Senate by a disgraced former governor whom he had been investigating from his former job as attorney general.
Although there had been some head-to-head comparisons in polls leading up to the primary last week, the good folks at DecisionDesk HQ commissioned a poll by OpinionSavvy after the first round of the primary. The results don't look very good for Strange. Or very strange, for that matter.
Former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore leads incumbent US Senator Luther Strange 50.3% to 32.2% ahead of the September 26 primary runoff election for the Alabama GOP nomination for US Senate.
54.3% of those responding say they have a favorable opinion of Moore while 39.9% say the same of Strange.
As an aside, the poll finds that Republican voters in Alabama are strongly supportive of President Trump, with 69 percent saying they "strongly approve" of his job performance.
Strange has the backing of the Senate leadership, which has chosen to treat him as a full-fledged incumbent even though he hasn't won an election to his current job.