By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Republicans are largely undecided on competitive Supreme Court races, a new Alabama Daily News – Leverage Public Strategies poll shows.
No candidate for the court earned more than 15 percent support of voters asked who they would vote for if the election was held today.
Supreme Court Chief Justice
The race for Supreme Court Chief Justice features two current justices: Lyn Stuart, who was appointed Chief Justice by Gov. Kay Ivey after Roy Moore’s removal from office, and Tom Parker, who serves as Associate Justice for Place 2.
In the Leverage – ADN survey, 15 percent said they would vote for Parker if the election were held today, while 11 percent said they could vote for Stuart. A whopping 74 percent of voters remained undecided.
Supreme Court Place 1
The race for Supreme Court Associate Justice Place 1 features current Justice Brad Menheim, who was appointed by Ivey earlier this year, Mobile Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart, and Cleburne/Calhoun County Circuit Judge Debra Jones.
Nine percent of voters said they would choose Jones if the election were held today, while eight percent chose Stewart, and five percent chose Mendheim.
Seventy eight percent of voters remain undecided.
Supreme Court Place 4
The race for Supreme Court Associate Justice Place 4 features two Birmingham-area attorneys: Jay Mitchell and John Bahakel.
The survey showed 11 percent of voters would choose Mitchell and six percent would choose Bahakel if the election were held today.
Eighty three percent of voters remain undecided.
What is there to say about this one?
It is disappointing to see such a low information level among the electorate for some pretty important positions in Alabama government.
Voters can be forgiven for the associate justice races because they feature brand new names that haven’t served in the high court or run for statewide office before. However, the chief justice race features two people who have been on the high court for years.
If there’s one takeaway I have, it is that I expected Tom Parker’s numbers to be higher. He has been elected several times now and is well-known in conservative circles. I would have expected him to be out in front by a lot more.