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Forestry poll: Katie Britt sees lead increase after Trump endorsement

In just under a week after former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt, newly released polling shows that her candidacy has received increased support from Alabama’s GOP electorate.

A poll released Friday, which was commissioned by the Alabama Forestry Association and conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, shows Britt leading U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) by nearly 26 points.

The McLaughlin survey was conducted June 13-16 and consisted of 500 likely Republican primary runoff voters who were evenly interviewed via landline, cellphone and text message.

Poll results and memo as follows:

  • Katie Britt: 58.4%
  • Mo Brooks: 32.6%
  • Undecided: 9.0%

An AFA-McLaughlin poll released last Friday just hours before Trump endorsed Britt showed the former Business Council of Alabama head leading Brooks by 18 points.

AFA’s most recent poll would indicate that the 45th president’s endorsement of Britt’s candidacy is paying dividends for the first-time candidate, as her support increased by at least a seven-point margin.

According to the survey, 66.2% of respondents knew Britt was endorsed by the former president while 10.4% believed Brooks held Trump’s support.

Britt and Brooks will face off in the Republican primary runoff election next Tuesday, June 21.

The candidate that earns the GOP nod will face Democratic Party nominee Will Boyd in the November 8 general election to determine who will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa).

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL