Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator, is returning to Jackson County this week.

Tuberville will be at Mud Creek BBQ Restaurant Thursday, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Last week, Tuberville’s senate campaign released results from an internal survey that show the former football coach leading other candidates for the nomination.

The survey, conducted by Moore Information Group for the Tuberville campaign, showed Tuberville ahead 33%, ahead of U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne at 17%, Roy Moore at 15% and Secretary of State John Merrill at 13%.

The survey included responses form 400 likely voters in the 2020 Republican primary, according to the Moore Information Group.

Allen Keller, of Keller Lumber in Stevenson, who is helping host Thursday’s event, said Jackson County would benefit if Tuberville is elected.

“He’s always had an interest in Jackson County,” said Keller. “He’s hired football coaches from here and come up to go fishing. Our county couldn’t have a better candidate.”

Keller said other candidates haven’t “shown the time or interest” in Jackson County that Tuberville has.

The primary is March 3, 2020. The race is for the Senate seat held by Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat, who is seeking reelection.

Speaking at a Madison County Republican Men’s Club breakfast last week, Tuberville said he was running for the Senate because of education and for veterans.

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