Senate contest pits popular judge against NRA-endorsed former attorney general
By Chris Eger
Incumbent Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore are battling it out in the Republican primary to fill the seat in the Senate left by Jeff Sessions. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call )
Among the leading candidates to fill Jeff Session’s seat in the Senate are “10 Commandments Judge” Roy Moore and “Big Luther” Strange.
The open spot in Alabama’s Senate delegation came after Sessions was confirmed as President Trump’s Attorney General in March and is due to be filled by a special election in December, though party primaries for the 19 current candidates are set to take place Tuesday.
Leading the pack of Republicans in the polls is former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, 70, who is probably best known for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse in 2003 despite orders to do so by a federal court. Moore resigned from the court in April to pursue Session’s seat and has picked up a slew of endorsements ranging from pastors to Chuck Norris and Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson.
Strange, the former state attorney general appointed to fill the seat by Gov. Robert Bentley until the election, earned the early