The clock is ticking and pressure is building as the September 26th Republican runoff nears. Only two names will be on the ballot. Those who voted in the Republican primary will be able to vote in next week’s election.
During the primary, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore led the field with around 39 percent of the vote. Incumbent Senator Luther Strange finished second in that race with 33 percent of the vote. The balance was divided between a handful of other Republicans with Congressman Mo Brooks comprising the larger share of that vote balance.
Now, despite having been the victim of a barrage of attack ads portraying him as weak on border security and in opposition to President Trump’s agenda, Congressman Mo Brooks has officially endorsed Strange and is urging his voters to cast their votes in favor of the incumbent. President Trump is also flying into Alabama on Saturday to speak at a rally in support of Strange’s struggling yet surging campaign.
Strange has raised additional millions for radio and television ads attacking Moore. He’s relying heavily on support from Senator Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association to get his message out.
Moore on the other hand has struggled on the fundraising side, but has received some funding from national conservative media types like Sean Hannity and former White House advisor Steve Bannon. His largest base of support comes from Trial lawyers who have been loyal Moore supporters over the years.
Pro-business and socially moderate Republicans are worried about having Moore in the U.S. Senate. They worry out loud that adding him to an already dysfunctional body would be bad for Alabama and the country. Moore has a history of falling on religious and political swords for his own gain — and I can only imagine what he’d do if he manages to get elected to the Senate.
The winner of the Republican primary runoff will face Democrat Doug Jones in December. Over the last couple decades, the race is generally settled in the Republican primary as Democrats have lost almost all influence statewide.
Whether that is the case this time remains to be seen if Moore wins the Republican nomination.