A new poll shows Tommy Tuberville with a significant lead over Jeff Sessions in the race to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
The former Auburn football coach led Sessions, a former U.S. Senator and Attorney General, 55% to 32% among likely GOP voters. The primary runoff is July 14, delayed from March because of concerns over COVID-19.
Conducted by Cygnal, the May 7-10 poll surveyed 604 likely runoff voters and has a margin of error of +/-3.98%.
The poll, first reported by Politico,was conducted using live phone calls, text messages and email.
Of voters with an unfavorable opinion of President Donald Trump, of which there weren’t many, Cygnal noted, Sessions led Tuberville 40% to 36%. Of GOP primary voters favorable to the President, it’s 56% Tuberville, 31% Sessions.
The two candidates finished close in the March 3 primary, with Tuberville winning 33.39% of the vote to Sessions’ 31.65%. Congressman Bradley Byrne finished third with 24.89%.
The latest poll from Cygnal would indicate a growing lead for Tuberville, who since the primary won the endorsement of President Donald Trump. A March 6-8 survey from Cygnal showed Tuberville with a 51.5% to 39.5% lead over Sessions.
The winner of the runoff between Tuberville and Sessions will go on to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November.