New Poll Gives Riley Slight Lead
Riley (R): 47%
Baxley (D): 40%
Riley (R): 49%
Siegelman (D): 40%
Baxley (D): 50%
Moore (R): 39%
Siegelman (D): 46%
Moore (R): 40%
Obviously Riley is ahead and in the most enviable current position. But it has to be a little distressing to his supporters that he can't break 50% even against a candidate with as much baggage as Don Siegelman. Since his successful handling of Hurricane Katrina events have generally been favorable to the governor. But this poll shows that he still has some work to do. Of course his $4 million warchest will be an asset down the stretch.
This poll should also encourage the Baxley camp as it shows her poised to give Riley a serious race and if she gets a couple of breaks then maybe even come out on top.
Obviously Roy Moore's numbers are pretty bad, but surprisingly enough Don Siegelman doesn't seem to be as mortally wounded as most observers have estimated. Depending on the result of his trial, maybe it will turnout that the results of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.