New Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who recently declared for a full term next year, just received her first polling report and its results are very favorable. The Tarrance Group survey (8/28-30; 601 AL likely Republican primary voters) finds Gov. Ivey scoring an almost unanimous 80:5% job approval rating among the GOP sample respondents, and records a 66:11% ballot test against Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, an announced gubernatorial candidate who appears intent on staying in the race even though he is now facing an incumbent. Interestingly, the two statewide officials likely to be her principal opponents: state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan and Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler were not tested in this poll. Beginning her first race for a full term as the state’s chief executive, Gov. Ivey starts in the strongest of positions.
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