West Point grad, Vietnam Vet, and former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, decisively beat incumbent Luther Strange in the Republican primary and will now go to the general election in Alabama on December 12 against Democrat Doug Jones. The Democrats haven’t won a Senate race in Alabama since 1992.
Trump endorsed Strange and campaigned for him, but Moore, an unconventional politician to say the least, seems more in the Trumpian mode of being outside of conventional politics. Moore was heavily supported by Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, in a slap against his former boss. As a trial judge in Alabama Moore successfully defended his right to keep a copy of the Ten Commandments on the wall of his courtroom.
He was elected Alabama Chief Justice in 2000 in an upset election. Removed from office in 2003 due to clashes with Federal Judges, he was re-elected in 2012. (In each of his elections Moore has been heavily outspent by his adversaries, usually five to six to one. In the current election he just won he was outspent fifteen to one.) In 2016 Moore defied the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, and for his was suspended from office. He resigned to run for the Senate.
Moore has been a building political force in Alabama for decades, and I expect him to crush the Democrat in December. The Senate will be a livelier place with him.