New Fox News Poll Says GOP Senate Candidate in Trouble in Deep-Red State

By NTK Staff | 10.18.2017 @3:40pm
New Fox News Poll Says GOP Senate Candidate in Trouble in Deep-Red State

Roy Moore is well-known in Alabama, for better or for worse. A new poll suggests he may have to fight hard to win Jeff Sessions' seat in December.

Is controversial ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore making Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat a pickup opportunity for Democrats?

That’s the question some political observers in Alabama and in Washington, D.C. may be asking themselves after a new Fox News poll found the race between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones tied, with less than two months to go before the election.

From Fox News:

Republican Roy Moore, the anti-Republican establishment candidate, is tied at 42 percent apiece with Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama.

A Fox News Poll also finds that among just the 53 percent of Alabama registered voters who are extremely or very interested in the race, Jones has a one-point edge over Moore (46-45 percent).

…The competitiveness of the race is striking. Donald Trump won Alabama by 28 points in 2016, yet the Steve Bannon-backed Moore defeated the president’s favored candidate, incumbent Luther Strange, in the GOP primary.

Moore has a controversial past and has run a controversial campaign. In September, he referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows.” His charitable foundation has been the subject of scrutiny from the press. And Moore said he may be “akin” to Vladimir Putin on LGBT rights in an August interview.

Now, the Fox News poll suggests the race between Moore and Jones is a toss-up. The RealClearPolitics average of polls, though, still shows a 4.4-point lead for Moore.

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