Two anti-choice Republicans are unlikely to win enough votes in the upcoming August 15 special election primary to avoid a runoff race in September to secure the nomination to run for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat in the December 12 general election, reports Ally Boguhn.
In order to advance, a candidate is required to win at least 50 percent of the primary vote but polls show former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Sen. Luther Strange leading the field of Republicans, with Moore leading Strange 35 percent to 29 percent.
President Donald Trump announced his support for Strange in a Tuesday tweet where he gave him his “complete and total endorsement,” says Boguhn.
The anti-choice organization, National Right to Life (NRTL), gave Sen. Strange their formal endorsement at the beginning of August. Strange not only supported the Republicans recent attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he also added an amendment to the GOP bill that would have further restricted abortion funding.
Meanwhile, notes Boguhn, Moore was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016 after urging other judges in the state to defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.