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Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Poll Shows Byrne, James Neck and Neck

A new poll shows the Republican race for governor has tightened up considerably between Bradley Byrne and Tim James. It also shows that Luther Strange is strongly pulling away from incumbent Troy King in the race for attorney general.

Public Strategy Associates, a Montgomery-based company that had the poll commissioned, announced the results of the May 10-11 poll Thursday. The poll was conducted by Baselice and Associates, an Austin, Texas firm whose clients include Texas Gov. Rick Perry and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Public Strategy Associates is neither in the employ of any gubernatorial nor attorney general candidate.

In phone surveys conducted by Baselice & Associates with 1,005 known Republican primary voters, the race for governor of Alabama appears to be a dead heat between Byrne and James, according to a press release. Byrne is in the lead at 24 percent, with James right behind at 23 percent. The survey found the bottom three contenders are Roy Moore at 18 percent, Robert Bentley at 12 percent and Bill Johnson at 2 percent, with 21 percent undecided.

Survey data in the Republican primary for Attorney General also indicates that Luther Strange has a commanding lead over Troy King, with Strange at 50 percent and King at 25 percent. The percentage of undecided voters in this race is at 25 percent.

“The next couple of weeks will be ‘make or break’ in the governor’s race. It will come down to who has the best message that resonates with the right universe of voters the appropriate amount of times,” said Brent Buchanan, a partner in Public Strategy Associates. “This is when the heat is on, and a lot can change in the next nineteen days."

Jack Campbell, also a partner in PSA, said in the release, “Anger motivates voters, and there’s plenty of that with an out-of-touch Congress and a do-nothing state legislature. Anything can happen in these closing weeks, especially in the Governor’s race.”

An explanation of the poll from Mike Baselice is available on Public Strategy Associates’ website at www.mypublicstrategy.com under “News”.

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