By Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns. Roy S. Moore, a firebrand former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, overcame efforts by top Republicans to rescue his rival, Senator Luther Strange, soundly defeating him on Tuesday in a special primary runoff.
The outcome in the closely watched Senate race dealt a humbling blow to President Trump and other party leaders days after the president pleaded with voters in the state to back Mr. Strange.
Propelled by the stalwart support of his fellow evangelical Christians, Mr. Moore survived an advertising onslaught of more than $10 million financed by allies of Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader. His victory demonstrated in stark terms the limits of Mr. Trump’s clout.
Taking the stage after a solo rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” an exultant Mr. Moore said he had “never prayed to win this campaign,” only putting his political fate “in the hands of the Almighty.” (Read more from “Roy Moore Wins Senate Race” HERE)
Roy Moore Shows off Gun at Rally
By Jessica Estepa. The night before Alabama’s Senate runoff, Republican candidate Roy Moore pulled a gun out of his pocket at a campaign rally.
Per a video of the Monday rally, the former Alabama chief justice said false ads had said he didn’t believe in the Second Amendment.
“Nearly three months of negative ads that we couldn’t answer with money because we didn’t have it,” he said. “Ads that were completely false, that I don’t believe in the Second Amendment.”
He then paused before pulling the gun out.
“I believe in the Second Amendment,” he said, leading to cheers from the crowd. (Read more from “Roy Moore Shows off Gun at Rally” HERE)