Two months after losing former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, a new poll of Alabama’s Republican Senate primary has U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks closing in on the lead.
A poll released today, conducted by Cygnal and commissioned by Alabama Daily News and Gray Television, has Brooks trailing frontrunner Katie Britt by two points and making up ground over the closing weeks of the campaign.
Mike Durant is in third place in the poll, four points behind Brooks, and in danger of missing the expected runoff as voters go to the polls on Tuesday.
If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, which is not expected, the two top vote-getters will advance to the June 21 runoff.
Britt, former head of the Business Council of Alabama as well as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, leads the field as she has done in a wave of recent polls, garnering 30.8% of the vote in the poll that surveyed 634 likely voters in the Republican primary. The poll was conducted Sunday and Monday and has a margin of error of 3.88 percent.
Brooks is in second place with 28.5% of the vote while Durant, Huntsville business executive and former Army POW, is third with 24.3% of the vote. Even with that deficit, though, the poll’s margin of error could potentially have Brooks and Durant swapping positions just as it could have Britt and Brooks swapping positions.
The poll also had 10% of those surveyed as undecided.
Brooks has risen in the polls in recent weeks. A Cygnal poll conducted May 6-7 had Brooks with 22.5% support. The new poll indicates Brooks has made up six points in 10 days. Durant has also seen a slight gain, rising three points from 21.4% to 24.3% over the same time period.
Britt, meanwhile, dropped one point – polling at 32% support in the May 6-7 poll and at 30.8% in Thursday’s poll. The percentage of undecided voters also dropped from 15.5% in the May 6-7 poll to 10% in the latest survey.
Another Senate poll, released Wednesday, essentially had Brooks and Durant in a dead heat for second place. Emerson College Polling conducted its poll over the same two days as the Cygnal poll and had Durant in second with 26% support and Brooks with 25%.
Britt led the Emerson poll with 32% of the vote.
Brooks’ rally is even more pronounced when compared to where his numbers were soon after losing Trump’s backing. Brooks had just 12% support in that March poll by Emerson but had more than doubled that support in the two months since.
Brent Buchanan, founder and CEO of Cygnal, foretold of a possible Brooks’ comeback in a March interview with AL.com.
“It’s still a three-way race because Mo Brooks has name ID, a base in North Alabama, and a knack for grabbing attention,” Buchanan said in late March.
AL.com reporter John Sharp contributed to this report