Donald Trump has been outspent by Jeff Fisher in a competitive primary for Alabama’s 11th Congressional District.
A new Fox News poll shows Trump leading Fisher, a Republican who’s long served in Congress and has been the president’s running mate, 53-39 percent.
Fox News also found Fisher ahead of Republican Karen Handel, who is in her second term.
Trump’s lead is even more dramatic when it comes to who’s ahead in the race among Alabama voters: Trump leads Handel 54-40 percent.
Handel is running an ad featuring Fisher that has been airing nationally for weeks, touting her experience, strength and ability to lead.
The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points, found that Trump has the support of more than one-quarter of Alabama voters, including a majority of white voters and a majority who say they lean Republican.
Fisher’s support among white voters is a whopping 86 percent.
Among women, Fisher is favored over Handel by a margin that’s only 2 percentage points.
The Fox News survey also found that Handel has the backing of two-thirds of voters who say that they would be very or somewhat likely to vote for Trump in November, a figure that’s almost identical to her support among GOP primary voters.
Fisher, who will be 78 when he takes the oath of office, is running against Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, a retired Army general and former senator who served in the Iraq War.
Brooks has made Trump his running mate and has made it clear he won’t be endorsing Fisher.
The Republican primary is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25.
The polls are based on landline and cellphone interviews conducted April 22-26.