Controversial Alabama Judge Surges Ahead in Senate Race

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by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 10, 2017   

Chief Justice Roy Moore beating out GOP Establishment favorite

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is commanding the lead in the race to occupy the seat of former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.  

According to internal polling by Moore's opponents, the staunchly Christian judge is the current favorite to win the August 15 Republican primary.

Moore leads a crowded Republican field, outpacing his nearest rival by eight percentage points.

Polls show Moore capturing 31 percent of the projected vote. Former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, the GOP Establishment favorite, trails with 23 percent of the vote. U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, supported by high-profile conservatives Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, comes in third with 21 percent.
 
A constitutional conservative, Moore is running on a shoestring budget and a record of resistance to expanding federal powers. On the campaign trail, he reminds Alabama voters that he was ousted — twice — for refusing to compromise on his Christian principles.
 
In 2003, a judicial panel removed Moore from his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after he refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.
 
After nearly a decade of lecturing and filing briefs, in November 2012, Alabama residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of returning Moore to his former seat. 
 
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In 2016, Moore was suspended from his position a second time for upholding the sanctity of traditional marriage, refusing to apply the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 gay marriage ruling.

Those on the left have slammed Moore for his Christian convictions. Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen branded him the "Ayatollah of Alabama."

Strange, Moore's nearest rival, currently occupies Sessions' former Senate seat. But Strange has been hurt by his connection to former Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley, who resigned in disgrace in April. Bentley appointed Strange to the seat while under investigation for corruption — an investigation Strange was overseeing.

Still, the Senate Leadership Fund has chosen to back Strange, and last week, the Republican National Committee granted approval for $350,000 to be spent on the Alabama race in a move likely to benefit Strange's campaign.

Moore, however, remains undaunted. On Thursday, he tweeted, "I'm running for the U.S. Senate because I have what virtually our entire federal government lacks — Conservative values. It's time we restore our country to the principles it was founded upon. We need leaders to step up and take a stand against out-of-control, big government. When I get to the Senate, I'll do just that."

Thursday, Moore's campaign was propelled by an endorsement from former Alabama All-SEC running back Siran Stacy. "The hopelessness is over for America," Stacy announced. "God is raising up generals all over this great nation and he's raising up one specially in Alabama. I'm honored to be a part of Judge Moore's team."

In an interview with AL.com, Stacy expressed hope that as senator, Moore would help reverse negative trends.

"I believe Judge Roy Moore is going to put people to work again," he said, "and stand for strong morals that have declined. We need our morality back in the state of Alabama."

 

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Stephen Wynne

Stephen Wynne is a staff writer for Church Militant.