Judge Roy Moore Prevails Over Incumbent Luther Strange In GOP Primary

Judge Roy Moore Prevails Over Incumbent Luther Strange In GOP Primary

Judge Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican Party runoff in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

With all precincts reporting, Moore held a 54.6 to 45.4 percent lead.

Moore’s victory came despite the endorsements of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for his opponent. Both leaders campaigned for Strange in the Yellowhammer State in the closing days of the campaign.

At his victory celebration, Moore pledged to work with Trump to “Make America Great Again.” The judge added America can be great again, but in order to be great she must be good again, which means returning to God and the nation’s founding principles contained in the Constitution.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also backed Strange to the tune of $9 million, through the Senate Leadership Fund.

McConnell told CNN in July that he did not want another “conservative rebel” in a Republican caucus already difficult to manage.

Further, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also affiliated with McConnell, spent in the seven figures and promised to blacklist any campaign vendor in the 2018 election cycle who helped Moore during the Republican primary.

Moore garnered several high-profile endorsements as well as the backing of the pro-Trump Great America Alliance PAC, which is affiliated with former Trump campaign CEO and White House strategist Steve Bannon.

Others who backed Moore include former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Fox News personality Sean Hannity, radio talk show host Mark Levin, Focus on the Family Founder Dr. James Dobson, actor Chuck Norris and Duck Dynasty Commander Phil Robertson.

At the state level, Moore’s former Senate race rival Rep. Mo Brooks (a Freedom Caucus member) and former Alabama Gov. Fob James endorsed him too, as have several state legislators.

Prominent Alabama political commentator Steve Flowers told Western Journalism ahead of Tuesday’s election what made Moore the favorite was the faithful backing of his supporters, who would show up at the polls — even in a special election, which have notoriously low turnouts.

“Moore has carved out a niche as sort of a religious icon in the state,” Flowers said. “He’s been removed from the Supreme Court of Alabama twice as chief justice, more recently for some vague reason of opposing gay marriage. So it’s made him somewhat a martyr.”

Moore was first elected as chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court in 2000, but was removed from office in 2003 for refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building.

He successfully ran again in 2012, but was suspended in 2016 for not complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling that negated all state laws nationwide defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

Moore contended the 5-4 ruling was unconstitutional and in effect created an amendment to the Constitution, which the high court has no authority to do.

Moore will face Democrat nominee Doug Jones in the general election on Dec. 12.

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