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Alabama Senate: Sessions Holds onto Solid Lead

Republican Senator from Alabama Jeff Sessions leads Democratic challenger Vivian Davis Figures 58% to 34% in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state’s Senate race.

In May, Sessions led Figures 62% to 29%. The month before, Sessions held a twenty-one point lead. An average of all three recent polls shows Sessions leading Figures 59% to 33%.

Sessions leads 61% to 30% among men in Alabama and 54% to 39% among women. He also earns support from 86% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats, and 63% of unaffiliated voters. Figures’ support comes from 67% of Democrats, 10% of Republicans and 24% of unaffiliated voters.

Sessions is viewed favorably by 68% of voters and unfavorably by 27%. Figures’ ratings are 37% favorable and 42% unfavorable.

The Alabama incumbents’ numbers are a welcome bit of good news for Republicans in Senate polling. Polling has shown that many Republican senate seats are potentially in play, including seats in Virginia, Alaska, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Texas. Only two Democratic seats, one in New Jersey and another in Louisiana, are considered vulnerable at this point.

Rasmussen Markets data shows that Sessions is given a % chance of winning re-election this fall. This figure is updated on a 24/7 basis by market participants. It costs nothing to join and add your voice to the collective wisdom of the market.

In Alabama’s presidential race, John McCain leads Barack Obama.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley receives good or excellent ratings from 64% of the state’s voters. Just 13% think Riley is doing a poor job as governor.

The survey was conducted in partnership with Fox Television Stations, Inc.

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Alabama Safe Republican

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

2002 Results

Sessions (R)

59%

58%

59%

Figures (D)

30%

32%

40%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports June 26, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Alabama Trends: Sessions vs. Figures

Date

Sessions

Figures

09/22/2008

59%

30%

07/31/2008

58%

31%

06/26/2008

58%

34%

05/29/2008

62%

29%

04/02/2008

57%

36%

Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Alabama

 

Sessions

Figures

Very Favorable

35%

20%

Somewhat Favorable

33%

18%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

25%

Very Unfavorable

9%

19%

Not Sure

7%

18%


About Rasmussen Reports

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.