A special election primary for the US Senate seat in Alabama vacated when Jeff Sessions was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General was held today, and the results were as many around D.C. expected.
With 98% of the vote in as of 1:04 A.M. CT, the New York Times has made the estimation that there will be a runoff between Roy Moore and Luther Strange. Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore is currently atop the crowded primary with 38.9% of the vote, while Sessions’ temporary replacement in the Senate and former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is currently second with 32.8% of the vote. Since no candidate in the race was able to achieve 50%+1 of the vote, there will be a primary runoff between the two top candidates (Moore and Strange). Mo Brooks, the 3rd major candidate in the GOP primary, currently has 19.7% of the vote. Other candidates currently have 8.6% of the vote. Once final results are in, I will update them into this article.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of this race was President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Luther Strange, candidate who was backed by Mitch McConnell and the establishment of the party over anti-establishment candidates Moore and Brooks.
The three top candidates in the race (Moore, Strange, and Brooks) all represented a different faction of the Republican Party.
Moore, a well-known anti establishment, social conservative known for being removed from the Alabama Supreme Court bench after refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from Alabama’s courthouse grounds, had been endorsed by the likes of reality TV star Phil Robertson, prominent martial artist Chuck Norris, and more than 50 Christian Pastors from around the state of Alabama.
Strange, on the other hand, was thought of as the establishment candidate of the race and was backed by, as before mentioned, McConnell and Trump, to go along with fellow Alabama US Senator Richard Shelby and the NRA.
Lastly, Brooks was the anti establishment, a strong fiscal conservative who was endorsed by the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows, conservative talk radio hosts Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter, and quite a few powerful conservative groups such as Freedom Works and Senate Conservatives Fund.
Moore and Brooks both went on record saying that if elected, they would not support Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader.
The primary runoff between Moore and Strange will be held on September 26, 2017, and the general election will be held on December 12, 2017.
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