A new poll in the Alabama Senate race shows a shift among the three contenders for the Republican nomination, with Katie Britt moving to the lead, Mike Durant slipping, and Mo Brooks gaining.
The polling firm Cygnal surveyed 600 likely Republican voters May 6-7. The poll was for Alabama Daily News and Gray Television, and Alabama Daily News reported the results this morning.
It showed Britt with 32%, Brooks at 22.5%, and Durant at 21.4%. There were 8.5% of respondents who favored someone else and 15.5% who were undecided.
The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 3.99%.
The numbers were different than a poll Cygnal conducted in March. That poll showed Durant at 34.6%, Britt at 28.4%, and Brooks at 16.1%. Another independent poll in March, by Emerson College, also showed Durant leading, with Britt second and Brooks third.
The primary is May 24, two weeks from today.
Sean Ross, campaign spokesman for Britt, issued a statement in response to a question about the poll.
“Katie is working tirelessly on the campaign trail, traveling to every corner of our state to visit with hardworking Alabamians, answer questions, and share her conservative message,” Ross said. “Her work ethic, energy and grassroots approach are clearly paying off, and Alabamians can see that she is the best candidate to defend our Christian conservative values, fight for the America First agenda, and preserve the country that we know and love for our children and our children’s children. Katie will continue to work hard through the May 24 primary to earn the vote of people across Alabama.”
Will Hampson, a campaign spokesman for Brooks, also issued a statement in response to a question about the poll.
“Mo Brooks is going to be the next U.S. Senator from Alabama,” Hampson said. “We’re surging because people are realizing he is the only conservative in this race.”
The race is for the seat Sen. Richard Shelby is leaving after this term. Britt is Shelby’s former chief of staff and former president of the Business Council of Alabama. Durant is a former U.S. Army aviator and founder of a defense contracting firm in Huntsville. Brooks is in his sixth term representing Alabama’s District 5 in Congress.
If none of the candidates exceeds 50% in the primary, the top two will be in a runoff June 21.
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