Earlier this week, Eagle Forum of Alabama hosted its River Region (Montgomery) candidate fair and attendees had an opportunity to participate in a straw poll for the Republican primaries for Alabama's gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and other down-ballot races.

Alabama's chapter of Eagle Forum is part of the organization that was inspired by Phyllis Schlafly and her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment.

It continues to operate in Alabama, lobbying for conservative causes "from parental rights to economic liberty," according to its website.

Leading the way in the straw poll results for governor was Greenville businessman Tim James, who finished ahead of second-place former U.S. ambassador to Slovenia Lindy Blanchard and third-place incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey.


Tim James 35%

Lindy Blanchard 27%

Kay Ivey 17%

Dean Odle 11%

Lew Burdette 8%

Dean Young 1%

Donald Jones 1%

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) captured a majority of the votes in the U.S. Senate race tally, ahead of former Business Council of Alabama President and CEO Katie Britt and U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant.

U.S. Senate

Mo Brooks 51%

Katie Britt 25%

Mike Durant 13%

Karla DuPriest 10%

Jake Schafer 1%

The straw poll also included other Republican primary contests of note. Among those are Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Judicial and Public Service Commission races.

Attorney General

Steve Marshall 88%

Harry Still 12%

Secretary of State

Wes Allen 41%

Jim Zeigler 29%

Ed Packard 15%

Chris Horn 15%

State Auditor

Rusty Glover 47%

Andrew Sorrell 28%

Stan Cooke 28%

Public Service Commission, Place 1

Brent Woodall 32%

Jeremy Oden 31%

Johnny Hammock 25%

Stephen McLamb 12%

Public Service Commission, Place 2

Robin Litaker 53%

Chip Beeker 24%

Robert McCollum 23%

Supreme Court, Place 5

Debra Jones 71%

Greg Cook 29%

Alabama Republican voters will have an opportunity to select their preference for the November general election ballot on May 24. If none of the candidates are able to get more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will face off in a June 22 runoff election.

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