By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has a commanding lead over her primary challengers, according to a new internal poll her campaign shared with Alabama Daily News.
In a survey of likely Republican voters taken this week, 57% said they would vote for Ivey if the election were held today, while 14% said they would choose former U.S. Ambassador Lindy Blanchard and 12% would vote for bridge developer Tim James. Just 12% of voters remain undecided in the race, according to the poll.
The poll was taken by the Tarrance Group and surveyed 600 likely Republican voters via telephone interviews with a margin for error of +/-4.1%. The survey was paid for and conducted on behalf of the Ivey campaign.
The results closely match numbers reported in the most recent edition of Inside Alabama Politics, which showed Ivey with 60% to James’ 12% and Blanchard’s 6%.
Ivey is buoyed by general popularity and high job approval among Republican voters. The survey showed that 68% of primary voters believe that things in Alabama are going in the right direction and 77% approve of the job Ivey is doing as governor.