Politicians, journalists and political observers in Alabama are in high spirits after the state’s first Republican primary on Tuesday, which saw frontrunner and former U.S. Attorney Roy Moore prevail over incumbent Luther Strange.
The results of Tuesday’s primary are a boost for Moore, who has been leading the polls since March, but his momentum is fading fast.
In the last two weeks, Strange has steadily lost ground.
“The numbers in Alabama seem to be a lot different now than they were a few weeks ago,” said Steve Krakauer, a political science professor at the University of Alabama.
“We’re going to be very, very, close to this.
I would be very surprised if this wasn’t closer than any race I’ve ever seen in Alabama.”
There are no exit polls yet available for Tuesday’s Republican primary, but there is strong evidence to suggest Moore has been losing ground, particularly among the Republican base.
In a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, the incumbent lost 4 points in the lead-up to Tuesday’s vote.
“I think we are going to see some very significant swings in this election,” said former Alabama state senator Luther Strange in a victory speech.
Strange also has a clear advantage among Republican voters.
In one poll conducted by the University at Buffalo, Moore was leading among Republicans who lean Republican by more than 2 points.
In other polls, the Republican candidate is leading among Democrats, with Moore trailing among those who lean toward the Democratic Party.
The primary results came just weeks after the GOP nominated Donald Trump as its presidential nominee, in which he won the support of nearly two-thirds of Republican voters in Alabama.
Many Republicans have expressed frustration with Trump’s presidency, saying he failed to fulfill his campaign promises and that he failed the GOP base.
Moore, a former state Supreme Court judge, was appointed to the U.N. Supreme Court in 1999.
He became the first openly gay member of the U,S.
Supreme Council and later served as the governor of Alabama for a decade.
He was the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court from 1999 until 2015.
In 2017, he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, where he was known for his pro-business policies.
In 2016, he became the state attorney general, and in 2015, he received the U.,S.
Senate seat that was vacated by the resignation of former Republican Senator Jeff Sessions.
Strange has been a rising star in the state.
He won his first election to the state legislature in 2018, and he was reelected in 2020 with 60 percent of the vote.
He had a relatively strong showing in the 2016 presidential election, winning over 20 percent of votes, including over 40 percent of Republicans.
Strange is considered a frontrunner in the general election, though he is still considered vulnerable to a challenge from Moore.
“It’s going to depend on who the Democratic nominee is, but I think this is a really good night for Roy Moore,” said Democratic strategist Matt Kibbe of the University and George Mason University.
“Alabama is the swing state in the country.
The Republicans are going all-in to beat Roy Moore.
It’s going be a really tough race.”
The GOP primary is a special election because it’s being held in the Alabama special election calendar, which is the state calendar used by state and federal elections.
There is no winner-take-all system.
Rather, it is a competitive race between the Republican nominee and a Democratic candidate.
Republicans are confident they can win the primary, although there is still uncertainty over who the Democrat will be.
“This is a race about a guy who was on the ballot as a write-in candidate,” said Kibb, referring to Moore’s write-ins in the 2017 election.
“That didn’t work out very well for him.”
Moore is a former judge and Alabama Supreme Judge.
He served on the U and U. S. Supreme Courts.
Strange was elected in 2006 to the House of Representative and was appointed by President George W. Bush.
He has been in the U Congress since 2011.
The Republican National Committee is also looking into the race.
“While the results of the primary are yet to be announced, we will closely monitor the race,” the RNC said in a statement.
“In the weeks ahead, we look forward to reviewing the results and will continue to provide updates as the race progresses.”
The Alabama Democratic Party is also conducting an investigation into the primary.
“As the campaign moves forward, the Democratic National Committee will be closely monitoring the race to ensure that the party has all the facts before making any final decisions,” the party said in the statement.
The Alabama Republican Party is not planning on releasing the results.
The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 12.
It is the first time since 2000 that the GOP candidate will face a Democratic opponent.
It will be the first GOP primary since 1976, when former Vice President Al Gore won the election over