Campaign News
June 18, 2010

Sewell opens up substantial lead in 7th district runoff

Contact: Aaron Dickerson (813) 362-3135   ·  For Immediate Release

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Terri A. Sewell, candidate for the open Alabama 7th Congressional District seat, released the findings of a new poll commissioned by her campaign today that shows her with a sizeable lead over opponent, Shelia Smoot, with 25 days remaining before the runoff for the Democratic nomination.  Sewell’s message of restoring hope and creating opportunity continues to resonate with voters.

The recent poll, conducted by Anzalone/Liszt Research, shows that Sewell has opened up a 20 point lead over Smoot (Sewell 53%, Smoot 33%). This trend is a continuation of Sewell’s strong showing in the June 1st Primary (Sewell 37%, Smoot 29%). At this point, Sewell’s name ID is virtually identical to Smoot’s (Smoot 79%, Sewell 72%), and her strength exists from her extraordinary favorable/unfavorable ratio among voters (63% favorable, 9% unfavorable). Smoot meanwhile is wallowing at 54% favorable, 25% unfavorable.

Sewell’s surge has been fueled by voters who have responded to her message and story.  Sewell continues to lead heavily in fundraising and her name ID now rivals that of her opponent.  With the momentum in Sewell’s favor and her continued fundraising strength, Sewell is in a strong position to win the runoff.

Sewell has received key endorsements from EMILY’s List, National Organization for Women (NOW), Women’s Campaign Forum and women’s rights pioneer and Alabama native Lilly Ledbetter.  Sewell hopes to be the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Alabama.

For more information on Terri Sewell or her campaign, please visit her website

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