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As election results continue to roll in from the Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions, Senate seat. The results mirror those of the recent polls; which had Judge Roy S Moore and Luther Strange moving on to the September 26th primary runoff.
It is no surprise to pollsters that Moore would come up on top and Strange would come in second. The question that is on everyone’s mind is what will happen on the September 26th primary runoff.
Moore has 100 percent name ID in the State. He has won two statewide elections in the past. Even with the controversy that surrounded him during his second victory.
Moore was elected in 2001 to the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In November 2003, he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments as ordered by a federal court.
In 2013, Moore ran and once again was elected to Chief Justice but was suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges, in a sense, to ignore the Obergefell decision making same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states and to continue to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Moore, having won two statewide elections, would seem like the inevitable winner, and these elections are just a foregone conclusion.
The truth is Moore has also lost a statewide election. In 2006, he lost the Republican nomination for Governor against the incumbent governor at the time, Bob Riley.
So the question on everyone’s mind is what will happen in the September 26th election.
President Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange seems not to have helped in this round. President Trump not only won the Republican primary in Alabama but he won the state handily with 62.08% of the vote. With Mo Brooks failing to make the next round, will Trump’s endorsement of Strange put him over the top?
If as some suspect that Mo Brooks will come out and endorse Roy Moore. The other inevitable question is, will that make a difference?
Mo Brooks is a conservative member of Congress, and most conservatives would be thrilled to have him in the Senate. Though, he does not have the name ID of either Moore or Strange. So many will be asking. Was the Brooks vote more of a protest vote against Moore and Strange than a vote for Brooks?
It would seem that Brook’s voters would gravitate towards Moore, but we cannot be certain. Many might just stay home, and others might vote for Strange simply because Moore’s style of Christian conservative activism is just too much for them.
The only thing we know now is that Moore and Strange will be going head to head and it is going to get even nastier. This election is far from over. It has really only just begun.
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