A newly released poll by the Alabama Daily News pu

first_imgA newly released poll by the Alabama Daily News puts Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey with a big lead over her Republican opponents.Her lead in the polls is so big she has the potential to avoid facing a runoff after the June 5 primary.According to the survey, 47 percent of potential GOP primary voters said they’d choose Ivey if the election were held today.In the same poll, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle received 11 percent of the potential vote. Birmingham minister Scott Dawson got 9 percent, Mobile State Senator Bill Hightower got 4 percent and 30 percent were undecided.“The average voter really doesn’t know who Tommy Battle or Scott Dawson are,” said WVUA 23 Political Analyst Steve Flowers. “They don’t know them from Adam’s house cat.”Battle’s 11 percent is coming from the Tennessee Valley area, but that number doesn’t mean he should be counted out yet.“He’s got about $500,000,” Flowers said. “You can buy name recognition in these last four weeks.”But Flowers predicts Ivey’s recognition is a tough hurdle for her opponents.“Her support is what I call mile high and an inch deep,” Flowers said. “The average person doesn’t know who her opposition is yet, but they know who Kay Ivey is.”The primary happens June 5. If a runoff is required, that runoff will be July 17.last_img

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