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Roy Moore, former candidate, leading potential Alabama GOP Senate race: Poll

April 16, 2019

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is leading in a new poll surveying the field of potential Republican challengers for Democratic Sen. Doug Jones’ seat in the 2020 election, despite his surprising loss to Mr. Jones in the same race in 2017.

The poll found Mr. Moore is currently leading the field with 27 percent of Alabama Republican voters supporting him, followed by Rep. Mo Brooks with 18 percent, Rep. Bradley Byrne with 13 percent and Rep. Gary Palmer with 11 percent, according to the Mason-Dixon Polling Strategy Inc. survey.

The field of possible Republican challengers is still evolving, with Mr. Byrne the only candidate to formally announce running for the seat.

Mr. Moore, who narrowly lost the December 2017 special election to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in an interview in March he is “seriously considering running again,” claiming the election was “stolen” from him due to a disinformation campaign that benefited Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones said if Mr. Moore “really believes” he won his seat unfairly, then they should “just step aside, have a press conference ... and let’s just do it again.”

In reply, Mr. Moore said in an email to his supporters that if he runs again, then Jones “will be the first to know.”

Mr. Moore faced accusations of sexual misconduct in the weeks leading up to the election. While no charges were filed against him, Mr. Moore filed lawsuits against three women for defamation of character.

The survey interviewed 625 registered Alabama voters from April 9-11 with a margin of error ofplus or minus 4 percentage points.