U.S. Rep Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) trails U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) by four percentage points in the race for the first congressional district Republican nomination, according to a poll conducted earlier this month.

The phone survey of 697 Republican voters showed Moore at 41% and Carl at 37%, with 22% undecided.

The poll was conducted by Alabama-based Montgomery Research, a firm specializing in political campaigns and polling, with a margin of error of +/-3.4%.

Both candidates scored high favorability numbers, with Carl 59% favorable versus an 11% unfavorable number and Moore 57% favorable versus 16% unfavorable.

More than half of the respondents said border security was the issue of greatest concern, followed by the economy.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission data, despite the narrow lead held by Moore shown in this poll, Carl has a significant fundraising advantage over Moore.

The two incumbent congressmen are facing off in a head-to-head matchup for the AL-1 GOP nod after a federal court drew Moore's home out of the second congressional district and into the first congressional district.

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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