Katie Britt, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and former CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, has solid support among influential Birmingham leaders.
That’s the biggest takeaway from the latest Birmingham Power Poll, which is a monthly poll of local leaders.
The Birmingham Power Poll is not a scientific poll, but does offer a window into the perspectives of influential Birmingham community and business leaders.
More than 45% of respondents in the poll said Britt would be the best choice among the announced candidates in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican primary, which will determine who succeeds the long-tenured Shelby. More than 52% of respondents said they are undecided or won’t vote in the Republican primary.
Neither U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks nor Lynda Blanchard drew strong support in the poll. That Britt would have the strongest support in a poll of influential Birmingham leaders isn’t a huge surprise, given her strong ties to some of the heavyweights in the Magic City’s business world after her tenure at the BCA. The high percentage of undecideds and individuals who don't plan to vote in the Republican primary also isn't a suprise, based on past Power Poll results and the composition of metro Birmingham's power structure.
Many pundits and political scientists say the primary will come down to whether Britt’s support from business groups and others can overcome the grassroots support powering the candidacy for Brooks.
Respondents to the Power Poll are optimistic about Britt’s chances, with 56.3% of respondents believing she will emerge victorious in the primary. Brooks was predicted as the primary winner by 41.3% of respondents. \
One thing Power Poll respondents strongly agree on is what’s at stake in the race to replace Shelby, who helped guide a steady flow of federal funding to Alabama.
More than 85% of respondents said the 2022 U.S. Senate race is very important to Alabama’s economic future.
The Power Poll surveyed 146 leaders with a response rate of 32.88%.