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Roy Moore wins Alabama GOP Senate primary
Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from the bench twice, has won Tuesday's Alabama GOP Senate runoff, The Associated Press projects.
With about two-thirds of the vote counted, Moore is ahead of incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, 56 percent to 44 percent. Strange was appointed to the seat in January, when it was vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He had the support of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), but during a rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump said that if Moore won, he'd campaign for him. In December, Moore will face off against Democrat Doug Jones in the general election.
As chief justice, Moore was removed from office for refusing to obey a federal judge's order to take down a Ten Commandments statue he installed in the state courthouse, and last year he was permanently suspended after a disciplinary panel found that he told probate judges to ignore the legalization of gay marriage and deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.