Roy Moore trailing significantly in new Alabama Senate poll

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala. In the face of sexual misconduct allegations, Moore’s U.S. Senate campaign has been punctuated by tense moments and long stretches without public appearances. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones […]

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost a Senate bid in 2017, is trailing significantly in an Alabama Senate survey conducted over the weekend.

The poll, conducted June 22 to 23 by Montgomery-based market researcher Cygnal, shows Moore polling at 13%, a distant third behind former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville (29%) and Alabama U.S. House Rep. Bradley Byrne (21%). Sixty-five percent of Republicans surveyed viewed Moore unfavorably, and 31% said they would vote for incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D) over the former judge. The survey included 612 likely GOP primary election voters.

Five Republicans have announced their plans to challenge Sen. Jones for the U.S. Senate seat in 2020. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Tuesday he would join the race.

Moore’s candidacy comes after President Trump urged him against a 2020 campaign. Moore lost to his Democratic opponent following a widely publicized controversy over sexual misconduct allegations against him.

In 2017, Sen. Jones became first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama since 1992, when then-Democrat Richard Shelby took the seat.

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