A poll commissioned by the Sessions campaign found that the former Attorney General is the new GOP front-runner to take on Democratic incumbent, Senator Doug Jones.

Among 700 likely Republican voters, surveyed Dec. 3-5, the poll found that Jeff Sessions was favored by 44 percent of voters. Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville was second with 21 percent. Mobile-area U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne was third at 14 percent and Roy Moore was fourth at 7 percent.

The poll also found that Sessions enjoys a 71 percent approval rating among those likely Republican voters. Tuberville holds a 50 percent approval rating and Byrne holds a 37 percent approval rating respectively.

As the poll was being conducted, Byrne began running TV ads last Wednesday. His campaign manager, Seth Morrow, said it’s not surprising that Sessions’ own poll would show him leading.

“There’s a long way to go between here and election day, there’s a lot of money to be spent, there’s a lot of voters to be interacted with by all the candidates,” he said.

“Candidates are going to have to get out there, they’re going to have to work they’re going to have to tell their story, tell their message and at the end of the day, I think Bradley’s message as a fighter, somebody who’s gone to bat for Alabama time and time again, and will win the day,” he said.

Dakota Layton

Dakota Layton is a Senior at UAH studying Philosophy and is also the President of the UAH College Democrats.