Tag: 2017 U.S. Senate race

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

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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.

How Much Is a Senate Seat Worth? The Cost is Closing in on $5 Million so Far.

The nine Republican and seven Democratic candidates in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election have raised almost $5 million to spend on Tuesday’s party primaries. Republicans have compiled just more than $4.5 million, with incumbent Luther Strange raking in $2,914,746 in his bid to retain the seat. Strange’s latest fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission

U.S. Senate Special Election Voter Guide

Voters will go to the polls Aug. 15 to select party nominees for the U.S. Senate seat vacated earlier this year by now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

BirminghamWatch, along with WBHM 90.3, Starnes Publishing, and the Trussville Tribune, are collaborating to offer this one-stop, interactive, non-partisan Voter Guide.
Candidate profiles, campaign contributor lists and voter information are in the Voter Guide below.

Republican Senate Candidate List and Profiles      Democratic Senate Candidate List and Profiles
League of Women Voters’ Vote411.org                     ID Needed at the Polls
Verify Registration and Polling Place                       Absentee Ballots
Research Campaign Financing                                   Report a Problem at the Polls

Developments in the Senate Race:
Trump Sends Robocall for Strange in Alabama (Politico)
Alabama GOP Senate Primary Gets Even Strange-er After Trump Intervention (New York Magazine)
Trump’s Choice in Alabama Senate Race is Struggling Ahead of Tuesday’s Primary as Republican Loyalties Split (LA Times)
Trump-Era Party Divisions Show in Alabama GOP Senate Race (Wall Street Journal)
Crowded Field of Alabama Candidates Fight for Open Seat in Senate (Open Secrets)
Alabama Senate Race Tests Trump, McConnell Reach (AP)
Democrats Hope for a Comeback in the U.S. Senate Race (WBHM) )5 Questions as Alabama Casts Votes in U.S. Senate Primary)
(Montgomery Advertiser)

Low Voter Turnout Predicted in Today’s Special U.S. Senate Race (Decatur Daily)

What a Strange Trip It’s Been