John Merrill
John Merrill

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who is running in the Republican U.S Senate primary to have the opportunity to challenge current Alabama U.S. Senator Doug Jones in the 2020 general election, reported the results of his fundraising efforts for the third quarter of the 2019 election cycle.

In his Federal Election Commission (FEC) quarterly filing report, Merrill’s campaign reported that they raised $377,500 dollars. That brought his total for this election cycle to $595,082 overall.  The campaign also reported that they have $738,430 cash-on-hand with $250,000 in outstanding debt obligations for the campaign.

In a recent poll released by ALFA, Secretary Merrill came in fourth place with 8% support of the voters responding, which is within the margin of error for second place.  In that poll, Tommy Tuberville came in first with the support of 36% of respondents. Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore came in with the support of 15%. U.S. Representative from Alabama’s First Congressional District Bradley Byrne had the support of 13%.

The Republican primary is March 3, 2020.

David Preston
David is a small business owner and contributing columnist to BamaPolitics.com. He attended the University of South Alabama and studied political science. He ran for his first and only political office in the city of Daphne, Alabama for city council where he lost by less than 200 votes to a sitting incumbent. David has a passion for all levels of politics, aviation, business development and recruitment, history (his dad drug him to Civil War battlefield for Summer vacation instead of Disney world and six flags) and the Mobile region.