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Ex-Judge Moore Polling as Favorite in Race for Sessions' Senate Seat

Ex-Judge Moore Polling as Favorite in Race for Sessions' Senate Seat
GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 14 August 2017 10:33 AM

The controversial former state judge who refused to enforce same-sex marriages in Alabama is polling as the favorite ahead of Tuesday's first round of voting to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.

Roy Moore doesn't have the support of President Donald Trump, doesn't have the support of establishment Republicans, and doesn't have the war chest of his competitors, but the polling says he has the support of Alabamans, Politico reported.

Nine candidates — including Luther Strange, appointed by Alabama's governor in the interim — are running in Tuesday's primary to fill the seat vacated by Sessions when he was named attorney general, and Moore leads them all.

Despite the fact Strange has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — as well as Trump — and the powerful fundraising that comes in tow.

"I resent people from Washington, raising money in Washington, and sending negative ads to Alabama and trying to control the vote of the people," Moore told Politico. "If the Washington crowd wants somebody, the people of Alabama generally don't."

Polling ahead of Tuesday's primary:

  • Moore: 30 percent.
  • Strange: 22 percent.
  • Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks: 19 percent.

Moore was suspended form Alabama's Supreme Court in 2015 after refusing to enforce same-sex marriage handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Vietnam veteran has also spoken out against transgender people serving in the military.

And that has apparently tapped into a sentiment with Alabamans.

"They're that out of touch in Washington that they don't understand that Alabama people aren't that out of touch," Moore told Politico.

There will be a runoff in September to determine the GOP's candidate in the general which all but assuredly will be won by Republicans in the GOP-heavy and dead-red state.

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The controversial former state judge who refused to enforce same-sex marriages in Alabama is polling as the favorite ahead of Tuesday's first round of voting to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
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