MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, also known as the “Ten Commandments Judge,” is maintaining his lead in the polls ahead of Tuesday’s primary runoff election despite President Donald Trump’s appearance at a rally on Friday for his opponent, Luther Strange.
The data analytics group Optimus, which conducted a poll on Friday and Saturday, has Moore at 55.4 percent versus Strange at 44.6 percent. An Emerson College Polling Society survey found its results to be similar, with Moore at 50 percent versus Strange at 40 percent.
A Big League Politics-Gravis Marketing survey has the margin a bit tighter, but with Moore still leading 48 to 40 percent.
On Friday, President Trump traveled to the Von Braun Center in Huntsville to rally for Strange, but reports state that those in attendance cheered louder for Trump than Strange, and a number of attendees said that they went to the rally to see Trump rather than support Strange.
“Strange’s campaign organized the rally and corralled reporters in a pen far from the thousands of rally-goers—many of whom said in interviews outside the arena that they were there to see the president and planned to vote for Moore on Tuesday, not Strange. Four Moore supporters stationed outside with campaign signs were absolutely giddy that so many passersby told them that they planned to vote for Moore,” the Washington Post reports.
“I might have made a mistake. I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake,” Trump admitted at one point during the rally, but added that he believes Strange and Moore are “both good men.”
“If his opponent (Moore) wins, I’m going to be here campaigning like [expletive] for him. But, I have to say this … Luther will definitely win,” he asserted, also remarking Strange is a “tough, tough cookie” who is going to “kick everyone’s [expletive]” in the race.
On Thursday, during a debate with Strange, Moore declared that America must be godly before it can be great.
“Our foundation has been shaken. Crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land,” he lamented. “When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land, we will be truly good again.”
Moore likewise told attendees of a Methodist church on Sunday, “I’ll bring the knowledge of God, and knowledge of the Constitution to Washington. That’s what I intend to do; that’s what I’ll do.”
As previously reported, various evangelical leaders have endorsed Moore, including Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and actor Chuck Norris, who identifies as a Christian.
50 pastors across the state of Alabama, including Jim Nelson of Church of the Living God in Moulton, Steve Sanders of Victory Baptist Church in Millbrook, Bill Snow of Edgewood Church in Anniston, Bruce Jenkins of Young’s Chapel in Piedmont, Paul Hubbard of Lakeview Baptist Church in Montgomery and Myron Mooney of Trinity Free Presbyterian Church, have also signed a letter endorsing Moore.
“From the pulpit to hospital rooms, from wedding altars to the funeral home, from the Capitol to our prisons, we are called to serve Jesus Christ in every area of life. With our calling comes a responsibility to address such compelling cultural issues as the special election for United States Senate,” they wrote.
Rep. Mo Brooks, who had been running in the primary alongside Strange and Moore, endorsed Moore after coming in third during the primaries.
“The Senate race comes down to this: We are in an epic battle between the people of Alabama who put America first and the Washington swamp that hopes to buy Alabama’s Senate seat and put America second,” he said in a statement.
“All of America is watching Alabama to see who wins. I can’t speak for anyone else, but, as for me, I stand with America. I have voted for Roy Moore because Roy Moore not only stands with America, he will fight for America. I urge you to join that fight.”
As previously reported, Moore is known as the “Ten Commandments Judge” as he was ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 following a battle over a Ten Commandments monument he had erected in the high court’s rotunda.
He was reelected in 2012 as chief justice, but the Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended him again last year following a trial over a memo he released in 2016, advising that his colleagues had not reversed a decision prohibiting probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals as per the Alabama Constitution. After the suspension was upheld in April, Moore resigned and soon announced his run for U.S. Senate.