Gov. Kay Ivey (R) is standing for her first election after ascending to the position from the Lt. Governor’s perch when Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned last year. In the June 5th primary, the new Governor faces Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Birmingham pastor Scott Dawson, and state Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile). According to Leverage Public Strategies, polling for the Alabama Daily News (4/23-30; 600 AL Republican likely primary voters) Gov. Ivey posts a 47-11-9-4% lead over Mayor Battle, Mr. Dawson, and Sen. Hightower, respectively. If no candidate receives majority support, the top two finishers will advance to a run-off election on July 17th. These numbers suggest, however, that Gov. Ivey has a strong chance of winning the nomination outright in early June. She would immediately become a heavy favorite to win the general election.
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