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Upset brewing in heated Alabama Republican Senate primary as polls conflict


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Despite an endorsement from President Donald Trump and his position as the incumbent, Sen. Luther Strange has been unable to hold off surging challenger Roy Moore heading into Tuesday’s Alabama Republican Senate primary election.

Strange and Moore are among the eight candidates competing for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat that was vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Strange was appointed to the seat in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned in April in the midst of sexual and financial scandals.

In fact, Strange may even be trailing Moore, depending on which poll is considered. A poll recently released by the Trafalgar Group shows Moore leading Strange 37.72 percent to 24.42 percent. However, an Emerson College Polling poll shows the two candidates in a virtual dead heat, with Strange leading 32 percent to 29 percent, meaning this race is too close to call.

Neither Strange, 64, nor Moore, 70, appears to be in a position to secure the 50 percent of votes needed to win the Republican nomination outright. More likely, the primary will be decided in a run-off election Sept. 26.

Rep. Mo Brooks, 63, is third in both polls (15 percent in the ECP, 17.46 percent in the Trafalgar Group) and is vying for a spot in the presumed run-off. Brooks is known as a staunch fiscal conservative who notably opposed the Republican plan to replace Obamacare because it didn’t go far enough in dismantling the law, according to CNBC. He eventually supported an amended bill.


Alabama's Strange days.

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