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Internal Ivey poll shows governor avoiding runoff, leading GOP primary field by 40-plus

According to a poll commissioned by the reelection campaign of Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabama’s incumbent chief executive is garnering nearly 60% support among the Republican electorate in her bid for a second term.

The survey was conducted April 18-20 by the Tarrance Group and consisted of telephone interviews with 600 likely Republican primary voters. The results hold a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1%.

Poll results are as follows:

  • Kay Ivey — 57%
  • Lindy Blanchard — 14%
  • Tim James — 12%
  • Other/Undecided — 17%

The results show the governor polling above 50% in every media market in the state. Ivey leads among both men and women as well as with voters of all ages and education levels, according to her reelection campaign.

Regarding voters who consider themselves to be “extremely conservative,” Ivey garners 54% support. Likely GOP primary voters who are most concerned with issues surrounding illegal immigration and the Second Amendment, she receives more than 60% support. Ivey’s reelection campaign has recently launched ads promoting the governor’s position on both issues.

The results also show Ivey maintaining her status as Alabama’s most popular political figure, as 80% hold a favorable impression of the incumbent governor, with 77% of respondents approving of her job performance. The percentage is consistent as well among very conservative voters, with Ivey’s job approval among that bloc of the Republican base standing at 78%.

The newly-released polling numbers come as the top-three gubernatorial candidates’ advertising campaigns are in full swing.

Both Blanchard and James have launched attack ads at the governor, while simultaneously promoting their respective candidacies on broadcast television.

The poll results largely mirror an independent poll conducted in late March, which showed Ivey holding a 37% lead over the survey’s second-place candidate.

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

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