Roy Moore wins Alabama GOP primary runoff for U.S. Senate

Published: Sep. 26, 2017 at 7:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2017 at 10:07 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Firebrand jurist Roy Moore has won the Alabama Republican primary for U.S. Senate, defeating Luther Strange - an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell.

In an upset likely to rock the party establishment, Moore clinched victory Tuesday over Sen. Luther Strange to win the GOP nomination for the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.

Moore is the state's former chief justice who was twice removed from his duties for defying federal courts over same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments.

Propelled by evangelical voters, Moore consolidated support from a number of anti-establishment forces, including former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

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