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The Alabama Senate Race Gets Moore Strange

A Bible-thumper and a tainted insider advance to the GOP runoff in an election that tested red-state Republican loyalties in the age of Trump.
Source: Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Roy Moore of Alabama has been twice elected to lead his state’s supreme court and twice thrown out of that position. The first time, in 2003, he refused to obey a federal court’s order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse in Montgomery. The voters of Alabama restored him, and in 2016, he was thrown off the bench again for refusing to implement the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage.

On Tuesday, a plurality of Alabama Republican voters picked Moore to be their candidate for U.S.

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