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Poll: Brooks leads U.S. Senate field by slim margin, Britt holds slight head-to-head advantage

Alabama’s 2022 race for the U.S. Senate is continuing to become increasingly competitive, according to an independent poll commissioned by the Alabama Forestry Association.

The poll, which was conducted December 6-9 by McLaughlin & Associates, surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters.

When asked who voters would be most likely to cast their ballots in favor of in a four-way race, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) garnered the most support by a 5% margin.

  • Mo Brooks 31.4%
  • Katie Britt 26.2%
  • Mike Durant 16.6%
  • Jessica Taylor 4.0%
  • Undecided 21.8%

However, Britt emerged as the top candidate of preference when respondents were asked who they would support in a two-way race between her and Brooks. Of the poll’s participants, 38.8% said they would vote for Britt, while 36.6% would support the congressman. 24.6% of respondents indicated that they were undecided.

In response to the polling, Brooks suggested that his support among the electorate was a reflection of Republicans’ support of former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed his candidacy.

“I am very pleased to be leading in this Senate race,” said Brooks. “The lead is, in large part, because President Trump’s endorsement confirms that there is only one proven MAGA conservative in this race and that proven MAGA conservative is Mo Brooks.”

In a statement provided to Yellowhammer News, Brooks campaign chairman Stan Mcdonald echoed the candidate’s sentiments.

“Mo Brooks is a conservative fighter–that’s why President Trump endorsed him, why the conservative grassroots are with him, and as this poll shows, why he’s going to win this race,” declared Mcdonald.

Britt campaign spokesman Sean Ross asserted that the polling proved that the state’s Republican electorate was in search of new representation.

“It is clear the Alabamians want fresh blood in the Senate, not a do-nothing, 40-year career politician,” proclaimed Ross. “Katie continues to work tirelessly every day to directly deliver her positive message to every corner of our state, and her grassroots campaign is paying off. She will be the best candidate to protect Alabama’s Christian conservative values, fight to always put Alabama first, and deliver real results that benefit hardworking Alabama families, not Washington, D.C. special interests. Alabamians can see this, as the numbers reflect.”

Taylor campaign spokesman Michael Gordon stated that as voters become aware of the candidate’s platform, her candidacy continues to gain momentum.

“As this race progresses, we continue to feel incredibly encouraged by our growing support from grassroots conservatives around the state,” Gordon advised in a statement to Yellowhammer News. “Our momentum continues to build as our conservative message of protecting life, fighting for term limits, defending individual Liberty is heard by more and more people. That’s because the people of Alabama want a true conservative outsider, not another lobbyist or career politician.”

The Durant campaign did not respond to Yellowhammer News’ request for comment.

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