Republican Senate Primary In Alabama Is Exposing Deep Fissures In Party

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

Moore and odd are taking their cases to voters before Tuesday's GOP primary runoff election in the race for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat.

On Friday, Trump will appear alongside odd at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the Supreme Court building.

Odd is locked in a tight race with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a jurist known for pushing unsuccessfully for the public display of the Ten Commandments and opposing gay marriage.

It is the only debate so far confirmed between the two Republicans ahead of the September 26 runoff in the race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will campaign for Alabama Sen.

And while Trump has stuck behind odd, polling shows Moore with a commanding lead.

Moore has been making campaign fodder out of Strange's links to and support from other Republicans.

Breitbart News, the far-right news outlet headed by recently ousted White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, has directed its editorial staff to go all out in their effort to bolster Moore over unusual.

Moore's campaign made the announcement Tuesday.

A close associate of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. instructed Trump and Vice President Pence on the contest. "I am supporting "Big" Luther Strange because he was so loyal & helpful to me!"

And Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate who now runs a right-wing website of her own, endorsed Moore in August. Trump then got on the phone with GOP strategist Ward Baker, a Corker and McConnell ally who is working on the race for the Senate Leadership Fund, to talk through the campaign, according to a different person who also requested anonymity to disclose the private conversation.

The only major backer of Trump's 2016 presidential run who has endorsed unusual is the National Rifle Association (NRA), whose political arm threw its support behind the incumbent in May. CNN's investigative team KFILE unearthed a 2005 interview where he said that "homosexual conduct should be illegal".

"Just because it's done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law", Moore continued.

Surprising many, Moore won the seat, defeating sitting Alabama Associate Supreme Court Justice Harold See in the Republican primary.

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