A recent poll in Alabama shows Lt. Gov. Bill Baxley leading in the Democratic race for governor with 24 percent, followed by former governor Forrest (Fob) James Jr. with 19 percent and Gov. George C. Wallace with 17 percent. Next is former lieutenant governor George McMillan at 13 percent and Attorney General Charles Graddick at 10 percent. Billy Joe Camp, Wallace's former press secretary, brings up the rear with 6 percent. Wallace has not decided whether to seek reelection. The filing deadline is April 4.
In the latest Gallup test election for Congress, Democratic candidates hold a narrow lead over Republican candidates among registered voters -- 50 percent to 43 percent with 7 percent undecided. A similar test election early in 1982 gave Democratic candidates a 53-to-39 percent lead and in November the GOP lost 26 House seats. This year strategists from both parties are predicting a loss of 10 to 15 Republican seats.
A totally unscientific straw poll at the Lincoln Day Dinner of Rockingham County (N.H.) Republicans, the largest county organization in that first-in-the-nation primary state, showed Vice President Bush and Rep. Jack Kemp (N.Y.) as the overwhelming choices for president. Bush and Kemp each got 58 votes, former Senate majority leader Howard H. Baker (Tenn.) got 19, former Delaware governor Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV got 10 and Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole (Kan.) got 3. Former president Richard M. Nixon and former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger each got one write-in vote and television evangelist Pat Robertson and former secretary of state Alexander M. Haig Jr. got the horse collar -- zero