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Polls show tight race in Alabama House District 10

HUNTSVILLE — A newly released poll shows a tight contest in the Alabama House District 10 race between Democrat Marilyn Lands and Republican Teddy Powell.

The internal poll released by Lands campaign showed her with a three-point lead over Powell. The poll was conducted by Impact Research from Dec. 16-20 and found 43% of respondents planned to vote for Lands and 40% favored Powell with 17% undecided.

In a statement, Lands said, “While I won’t be taking any votes for granted, I do think the poll shows that people are ready for change in Montgomery, and I’m excited to present my message to voters in the coming weeks.”

In December, an internal poll by the Powell camp showed their candidate with a 47.7% share of the vote to 36.8% for Lands.

“We believe our poll more accurately represents the district,” Powell spokesman Dalton Dismukes said. “Frankly, it’s surprising that our opponent, who spent tens of thousands of dollars on an unsuccessful campaign just over a year ago, would boast about being within the margin of error of an internal poll.

“Nevertheless, Teddy Powell is excited to continue meeting with and talking to voters in House District 10 while sharing his plan on how to continue building our economy in the wake of massive inflation, supporting local students, parents, and teachers just as he always has, and working with community leaders to ensure Madison county remains one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family — just as he has done during his tenure on the Madison City Council.”

The special general election is March 26.

Last September, Gov. Kay Ivey called a special election for State House District 10 after then-Rep. David Cole (R-Madison) pled guilty to felony voter fraud. The election is set for March 26.

A judge sentenced Cole to pay nearly $53,000 in restitution and serve a three-year split sentence – 60 days in Madison County Jail, followed by three years on probation.

In August, Cole pleaded guilty to voting at an unauthorized polling place in November 2022.

Cole was charged with fraud-voting at multiple or unauthorized locations, a Class C felony, and booked into the Madison County Jail where he was later released on a $2,500 bond.

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