Alabama voters will decide on today, Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017, who will be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate vacated by Jeff Sessions when he assumed the U.S. Attorney General position in February. It’s been a brutal run-off election between former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange.
My prediction: Judge Moore wins 58 to 42.
Why: The Senate Leadership fund and outside supporters of Strange went too far in their attacks of Moore and his wife. You can say a lot of things about Moore, but to compare him to Nancy Pelosi was a stretch. That wasn’t helping Strange. What could have helped Strange is if those supporting him had talked about his long conservative record, supporting Second Amendment rights, fighting the EPA, fighting for consumers. Voters could have used something to lessen the blow of the Bentley appointment that hovered over Strange’s incumbency like the dirt cloud that followed Pig Pen in Charlie Brown.
Only hours left until the polls close at 7:00 p.m. and in the hours that follow, we’ll know who’s predictions were right and who’s dollars and endorsements mattered most to voters.