the election for the seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions
when he became U.S. attorney general, Luther Strange, who was
appointed to the seat and was backed by Trump, will move to the
Republican primary along with former Alabama Supreme Court Chief
justice Roy Moore, the projections said.
Neither candidate captured more than 50 percent of the vote
required for an outright victory. With 60 of the state's 67
counties reporting, Moore had 43.8 percent of the vote while
Strange had 31.7 percent, official results showed.
Strange, a former Alabama attorney general, has close ties to
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been feuding
with Trump lately over stalled effort to pass health care
Strange scored the president's surprise endorsement last week
and Trump reiterated his support for Strange in an automated
phone call to voters on Monday.
"He's helping me in the Senate," Trump said. "He's going to get
the tax cuts for us. He's doing a lot of things for the people
Moore was effectively ousted as Alabama's chief justice in 2016
for defying the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay
marriage. It was the second time that he was suspended from the
bench. The first was in 2003 after refusing a federal court
order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the
U.S. Representative Mo Brooks came in third in the Republican
primary and will not advance to the Sept. 26 runoff. The top
candidates have battled for weeks over which of them is most
supportive of Trump's legislative agenda.
In the Democratic primary, Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney
backed by former Vice President Joe Biden, is projected to be
the outright winner and a long shot to win the seat in the
(Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Additional reporting by Jon
Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Leslie
Adler and Michael Perry)
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