This is a typical “Tea Party” story you might have heard from 2010, and indicative of the GOP’s failed attempts to kill the Trump movement. Roy Moore appears set to steamroll Mitch McConnell-backed Luther Strange. The GOP has been pouring money into Alabama to try to defeat Moore, but it looks like a huge waste of cash:
Yet another poll has come out of Alabama showing conservative Roy Moore leading establishment-backed Luther Strange in the U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff, this time showing Moore’s lead back up to 15 percent.
Moore, per a new poll from the firm Strategic National, is up at 51 percent while Strange still lags under 40 at just 36 percent. The poll shows 14 percent are undecided.
The survey of 800 likely voters, conducted Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. It’s the latest in a long line of polls showing Strange, who was appointed into the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year, significantly underwater.
What’s more, Strange’s favorability rating is in the gutter. A whopping 44 percent total have either a very or somewhat unfavorable view of Strange—staggeringly high numbers inside his own party. Meanwhile, Moore remains very popular as well more than a majority—a solid 62 percent—have either a somewhat or very favorable view of the conservative anti-establishment candidate.
This is the second poll out on Monday that shows Moore with a substantial double-digit lead over Strange. The other one, an Emerson College Polling Society survey, showed Moore with a 14-point lead. That poll also showed Moore outperforming Strange against Democrat Doug Jones in the general election. Other recent polls have shown similar commanding leads for Moore over Strange.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is strongly backing Strange, with a PAC affiliated with him called Senate Leadership Fund spending more than $10 million to try to buy Strange a full-time slot in the U.S. Senate. The group has run scores of attack ads, but none of them seem to be working, as Moore maintains his lead.
How many more of these embarrassing defeats can Mitch McConnell handle? What are they going to do if Flake is knocked out too? In 2014, it looked like McConnell had succeeded in stymieing the Tea Party, but in 2017-2018, it looks like he’s set to lose at least two seats his conservative archenemies.