First, it was Chuck Norris; now Phil Robertson, star of Duck Dynasty cable series, is endorsing former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in his bid for U.S. Senate.
Moore’s campaign announced the endorsement Thursday.
“I have been an admirer for some time of Judge Roy Moore,” Robertson said in a statement. “He judged with a good understanding of the Constitution and the law, but he also understands natural law and who gave us our rights to begin with, Almighty God.”
“I thank Phil for his support and prayers,” Moore responded. “The Robertsons are a great example for the American family. They represent hard work, Christian values, and conservative principles, which is what we need to make our nation great again, and to make our nation good again.”
Recent polling gives Moore a 31-23 lead over sitting U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, with U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks with 18 percent. Other polling gave state Sen. Trip Pittman with 8 percent and Alabama Christian Coalition president Randy Brinson with 2 percent.
Eleven percent are undecided.
Other Republican candidates include Dr. James Beretta, Joseph Breault, Mary Maxwell and Bryan Peeples.
As for Democrats, polling gives Robert Kennedy, Jr. a lead in the 7-person field with 49 percent; former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones had 28 percent. The remaining field took only single digits.
Unless one of the candidates can secure a 50 percent plus one majority of the vote in the Aug. 15 primary, Alabama voters will have to decide between the top two vote-getters in a Sept. 26 runoff. The general election is Dec. 12.