Tag: 2017 U.S. Senate race

Moore Gets More: Former Alabama Chief Justice Defeats Luther Strange in Republican Senate Runoff

Luther Strange had almost everything that a candidate could ask for in the race to retain his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Besides being the incumbent, the former state attorney general had the endorsement of President Donald Trump, something he mentioned to voters repeatedly in the week leading up to Tuesday’s GOP runoff election. He also had millions of dollars in advertising support from the Senate Leadership Fund, controlled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, as well as the National Rifle Association’s political action committee. Both PACs flooded Alabama television and radio stations with commercials, and they were omnipresent on the internet as well.

But Roy Moore had more. In particular, he had more votes. Read more.

U.S. Senate Election Results

Roy Moore has beaten out Luther Strange in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

With about two-thirds of the polls reporting, Moore led Strange 56 percent to 44 percent.

Strange conceded the race and called Moore to “wish him the best,” he said during a speech at his after-election gathering.

Moore in a victory speech that sounded much like a sermon gave the credit for his win to God.

He said he will support President Trump even though Trump did not support him – provided that Trump’s actions are constitutional.

“We want to bring our country back to its greatness, and we can and we will,” Moore said.

Moore will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the general election Dec. 12.

At the Polls

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Registration and Polling Place: Verify your registration and polling place, and check the status of your provisional or absentee ballot at the Secretary of State’s AlabamaVotes.gov site. You also can verify your registration status via the state’s new smartphone app, the or on the mobile

U.S. Senate Republican Runoff Voter Guide

Despite national attention, a presidential visit and millions spent on political ads and recorded phone calls – or maybe because of an electorate weary of political finger-pointing and name-calling – a low voter turnout is predicted for today’s U.S. Senate Republican runoff.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he expects 12 percent to 15 percent of voters will go to the polls, down from the 17.62 percent of state voters who cast ballots in the Aug. 15 primary.

The series of special called elections – set to select a replacement for the U.S. Senate seat vacated in February when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney – pose a special challenge for predicting voter turnout.

“You can’t really know what to expect based on what’s happened in the past” with a one-race special election, Merrill said. “There’s no modern precedent to draw from,” he said. Merrill noted the rarity of special elections called in off-election years with one race on the ballot. He also pointed to a new state law that bars voters who cast ballots in the Democratic primary last month from voting in the Republican runoff.

Normally, voter turnout “is more impacted by whether Alabamians feel compelled to vote for specific candidates or in support of specific issues,” said John Bennett, deputy chief of staff and communications director for the Secretary of State’s Office.

But, this has not been a normal race. Read more.

Strange Out-Spends Moore in Senate Race 3-to1

Luther Strange has raised and spent almost three times as much campaign money as Roy Moore has as they approach Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate.

But the amount of money Strange has collected in his effort to hold on to the Senate seat he was appointed to fill earlier this year is only part of the story. Much of the GOP establishment in Washington has coalesced around Strange and has contributed and spent additional millions of dollars on his behalf.

Reports filed by the candidates with the Federal Election Commission show Strange collected $3.87 million for the race through Sept. 15. Moore reported raising $1.41 million. Read more.

Strange Touts Trump Endorsement, Moore Slams DC Influence in Senate Runoff Debate

It was an unusual format for a political debate, at least for modern times. Two candidates on a stage with no moderator or questions from journalists, only a timekeeper. But there was plenty of old-fashioned political rhetoric.

In what was styled as a “Lincoln-Douglas debate,” incumbent U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore, former chief justice of Alabama, battled for a little more than an hour before a crowd at the Retirement Systems of Alabama Activities Center in downtown Montgomery. Read more.

U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Voter Guide

The dueling polls, on-again off-again debate plans, strategically timed endorsements and ‘He said what?’ attack ads are coming to an end Tuesday when voters go to the polls to decide whether Roy Moore or Luther Strange should carry the Republican standard going into the special election in December.

Probably not quite coming to an end will be speculation by political pundits from across the country on what the outcome of the race and the December election between the GOP winner and Democratic nominee Doug Jones say about power in the Republican Party.

The race – which was needed to fill the Senate seat left open after President Trump appointed the previous senator, Jeff Sessions, to the attorney general’s job – has attracted national attention from the start. But it’s across Alabama that the question will be decided.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the state.

In the primary race, Moore and Strange emerged as the favorites from a field of 10 candidates. Moore led in that balloting, 38.87 percent to Strange’s 32.83 percent. They are the only two candidates in the only race on the ballot.

In BirminghamWatch’s Voter Guide below, you’ll find their profiles, links to campaign contributor lists and voting information.

Candidate profiles and campaign contributor lists:

Roy Moore

Luther Strange

Voter information

Research campaign financing
ID needed at the polls
Verify your registration and polling place
Problems at the polls

Moore, Strange Advance to Republican Senate Election Runoff, While Jones Wins Democratic Primary Outright

Given his famous 6-foot-9 height, it’s not surprising that Sen. Luther Strange has an affinity for basketball, which he played in his younger days.

So when it came time to address his supporters in Homewood after winning a berth in a Republican primary runoff election for the Senate seat he was appointed to earlier this year, Strange used an analogy with roots in hoops.

“Eight on one has kind of been the game so far,” the incumbent said. “Now it will be one on one. And I like the odds in a one-on-one basketball game.”

But there won’t be a wooden court or squeaking sneakers in his next contest.

Strange finished second in Tuesday’s GOP primary behind Roy Moore, the two-time chief justice of Alabama who was removed from office both times after defying state laws and judicial regulations. Read more.