Roy Moore, the ousted former State Supreme Court justice, is expected to be the top vote-getter in today’s Senate primary in Alabama, but may fall short of the majority needed to win outright.
Moore is a favorite among evangelicals and is perhaps best known as the “Ten Commandments judge,” for his high-profile opposition to the removal of a massive replica of the Biblical edict in the rotunda of his court building in Alabama in 2003, despite a federal court order to do so.
Moore argued that “the Judeo-Christian God is the source of the church, the state, and the separation of the two, and, as a matter of not only Biblical text but American law, reigns over both.”
Moore was booted from his position for his refusal to remove the monument. He was elected again to be Chief Justice in 2013, but was suspended three years later for directing judges to defy a Supreme Court order to allow same-sex marriage.
President Trump has endorsed Luther Strange in the race to fill the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.