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Strange, Moore Advance to GOP Runoff for Jeff Sessions’ Senate Seat

The runoff election will last about six weeks and conclude on Tuesday, September 26. It pits two-time Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore against Sen. Luther Strange.

Luther Strange with Mike Pence

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, twice benched from his perch over a refusal to enforce federal court orders, and Luther Strange, the man appointed to Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat who now has the backing of President Trump, advanced on Tuesday to a runoff in the race to replace Sessions.

According to The New York Timesresults page, Moore led with 38.9 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Strange was about six points behind, at 32.1 percent of the vote. Since no candidate earned 50 percent of the vote, those top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff on September 26.

The biggest loser on Tuesday night? Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a Freedom Caucus member of the U.S. House who, NTK Network noted, had faced scrutiny for his past criticism of Trump, membership in the Sierra Club, and more during the campaign.

Brooks earned 19.7 percent of the vote, at least 12 percent short of challenging Strange for the second runoff spot.

President Trump, who endorsed Strange last week, congratulated both Strange and Moore on making the runoff:

One issue likely to come up in the runoff? Moore’s non-profit organization, the Foundation for Moral Law. The conservative Senate Leadership Fund previewed that line of attack with an ad against Moore in early August:

Candidates Moore and Strange will have about six weeks to make their case to conservatives and Republicans in Alabama.