MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Roy Moore’s downfall in the 2017 special election for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama made national news. Accusations of inappropriate behavior cost him the election to Democrat Doug Jones. Jones’ hold on the seat is questionable at best with conservative voters in Alabama. That’s no surprise. Despite the political mess in 2017, Roy Moore is now leading a new poll amongst Republicans for the seat in 2020 in an election where half of voters say they would replace Jones.
A Mason-Dixon poll found that “when asked how they would vote when Jones was up for re-election next year, 50% ofstate voters indicated they would vote to replace Jones with a Republican. Only 40% said they would vote to re-elect Jones.”
So the question is who would replace Jones. Right now, according to Mason-Dixon, Roy Moore is the leader saying, “Roy Moore – who Jones defeated in 2017 – is the top choice of GOP voters.
Statewide, 27% of Republicans support Moore as the nominee, ahead of three current Congressmen
– Mo Brooks at 18%, Bradley Byrne at 13% and Gary Palmer at 11%. Del Marsh (4%) and Tim James
(2%) trial the field and a significant 25% are undecided.”
The pollsters go on to say ” Moore could finish first in the GOP primary, but will likely have a much more difficult time winning a run-off. His current lead is largely a result of his name recognition advantage over others in the field, standing at about 20-points over Brooks, 40-points over Byrne and 50-points over Palmer. Those cushions will evaporate once the campaign begins in earnest. Moore also remains a divisive figure among Republican voters, with 34% having a favorable opinion of him but 29% holding an unfavorable view. All of the other potential candidates only have single-
digit unfavorable name recognition.”