MOBILE, Ala. - A new poll of Republican voters in Alabama’s 1st Congressional district shows a tightening race between Bradley Byrne and Dean Young in the Nov. 5 runoff election.

The survey commissioned by the Now or Never Political Action Committee, a Kansas City-based Republican Super PAC, showed Byrne leading with 44 percent of the vote and Young trailing with 37 percent, according to poll results first obtained by AL.com.

Byrne’s lead of 7 percentage points indicates that Young has gained ground on his opponent since the Sept. 24 primary vote.

Byrne led a field of nine Republican candidates with 34.6 percent of the vote in the primary, followed by Young in second with 23 percent.

The telephone survey of 412 likely Republican voters was conducted Oct. 6-8 by Wenzel Strategies, an Ohio-based pollster whose clients include former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and the conservative advocacy group Citizens United.

A spokesman for NON-PAC said the poll was conducted independently of the campaigns and that the group had no affiliation with either Byrne or Young.

“We’ve had no contact with either of the candidates and at this point are not supporting either campaign,” said Tyler Harber, a spokesman for NON-PAC. "We may choose to get involved before the election."

The survey showed that both Byrne and Young are well known to voters in the southwest Alabama district. However, the survey showed a sharp contrast in how voters viewed their political ideology.

More than a third – about 36 percent – said they thought Byrne was “too moderate” when compared to their own way of thinking. Only 17 percent said the same about Young.

“This should be troubling to Byrne,” the pollster said in a summary of the results.

Conversely, about 36 percent said they thought Young was “too conservative” while just 17 percent said that about Byrne.

Among the respondents, 43 percent identified themselves as Tea Party conservatives, 42 percent identified themselves as conservative and 15 percent described themselves as moderate.

The poll showed 19 percent were undecided with less than a month until the Nov. 5 vote.

NON-PAC was a major player in the 2012 election cycle, spending nearly $8 million in support of conservative candidates – and against Democrats - in a series of U.S. House and Senate races.

Among its biggest recipients were Todd Akin, who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, and Joe Walsh, who lost a bid for the U.S. House in Illinois.

 

Source:

http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/10/new_poll_shows_tight_race_in_a.html

 

 

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