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On Tuesday, September 26th, the anti-establishment candidate Roy Moore beat out Luther Strange, the sitting senator appointed by the Alabama Governor, to represent the GOP in the senate election to replace Jeff Sessions. This primary turned out to be one of the most watched races this year so far. Of course, there is still the general election in November, but Alabama is pretty solidly red. It is not expected to be a hotly contested race.
You likely have heard about this race in the news recently. The media loved to cover the ins and outs of who was supporting which candidate. They looked for any indication for what it might mean for the midterm elections in 2018. In this Republican primary, President Donald Trump notably endorsed Luther Strange, who was seen as more of an establishment candidate. Many of the President’s former staffers and other Republicans endorsed Roy Moore, who was seen as a more populist candidate. Ultimately, when the votes shook out, Roy Moore came out on top by about nine percentage points. Strange only won four Alabama counties, though they were heavily populated.
Who is Roy Moore, this man who is likely to be the next senator from Alabama? He’s a 70-year-old long-term figure in Alabama politics and served at the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court not once but twice. Notably, he was also removed from that position by Court of Judiciary in Alabama for disobeying orders related to the removal of a Ten Commandments monument for the courthouse and his enforcement of a same-sex marriage ban after the Supreme Court of the United States handed down their ruling. Moore ran for governor twice but never made it past the primary. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Moore and his wife have four children and five grandchildren.
In the primary, Moore was endorsed by such figures as Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie, Chuck Norris, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and Ann Coulter.
Some of his political positions include stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, building the wall, developing a strong missile defense system, gaining independence from foreign oil, eliminating Common Core, and defunding Planned Parenthood. On his website, he says he opposes “abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the traditional family order.” Moore has also not done what many forced Donald Trump to do during the campaign and admit that former President Obama was a citizen.
The general election will be held on December 12th, 2017. Roy Moore will face off against Doug Jones, who also has a storied background in Alabama Law. After attending the University of Alabama, he went to Cumberland Law School. He later served as a United States Attorney for Alabama. Jones say that he is “running for the Senate to return dignity to the citizens of Alabama.” He is opposed to the attempted repeals of Obamacare, worried by the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and supportive of a “living wage” of workers.