Recent poll points to Britt, Durant as front runners in US Senate race

by: Carly Laing

Posted: Mar 15, 2022 / 10:12 PM CDT

Updated: Mar 16, 2022 / 05:45 AM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A new poll shows a tight race between U.S. Senate candidates Katie Britt and Mike Durant.

As we get closer to the primary, the senate race appears to be zeroing in on two candidates. According to a new poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, Katie Britt and Mike Durant are clear front runners for Alabama’s U.S. Senate race.

The poll surveyed 500 people with nearly 80% being Republican. It shows Britt and Durant in basically a deadlock with Britt coming in with 32% and Durant with 33.8%. Mo Brooks is behind the two with just 17.6%.

Britt and Durant also lead the poll in the favorable-unfavorable category. Political analyst Steve Flowers said Britt’s campaign is doing a good job of attacking Brooks in political ads, but he said the jabs between Britt and Brooks could pave the way for Durant.

“I think that Katie Britt’s campaign or third-party packs have done a good job of destroying Mo Brooks and distancing him from being the Donald Trump endorsed candidate. Also, people lament negative ads, but you can see a direct correlation of the negative ads being run attacking Mo Brooks in his demise in the polls,” said Flowers.

Flowers believes the U.S. Senate race will be close. He said he sees it going to a runoff.

We are about two months away from the primary election. It’s set for May 24.

ABOUT MIKE DURANT

On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.