As reported by the Washington Examiner, Judge Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who first came to national prominence when he commissioned a monument of the Ten Commandments to sit in the Alabama Judicial Building, presently holds a 10-point lead over incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the final days before the winner of the Republican Senate primary is decided.
The election is a runoff as part of the process to determine who will fill Jeff Sessions’ seat, which became vacant when Sessions agreed to serve as U.S. Attorney General in the Trump administration. The Republican primary winner will face Democrat Doug Jones in the general election later in the year.
While the margin of Moore’s lead over Strange is smaller than it was at the beginning of September, when Moore was up by 14 percentage points, it is thought to be wide enough to ensure his victory on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump appeared at a rally on behalf of Strange last Friday, and it is likely that the incumbent senator is going to enjoy a bit of a push from Trump’s effort as the hours to voting day wind down. However, not only is it unlikely Trump’s campaigning will help Strange fully close the gap with very little time remaining before ballots are cast, but Trump’s appearance on the candidate’s behalf was itself more than a little awkward; at one point on Friday, Trump said from the podium that “he might have made a mistake” by inserting himself in the race and supporting Strange.
In truth, Trump has been hearing it from conservatives since he began supporting Luther Strange, with many wondering why he would back a guy who they say is representative of the very establishment Trump has rallied against since his earliest days as a presidential candidate. While disappointing many of those who think Trump should have thrown his support behind Moore, the president has said Strange is his guy because he stands a better chance of defeating Jones in December.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large