As many of you know, today there’s a special election in Alabama today for a US Senate seat. The candidates are Republican Roy Moore, a hard-core creationist endorsed by Trump, and Democrat Doug Jones.
Here’s Wikipedia’s write-up on Roy Moore. They say:
Moore attended West Point and served as a military police company commander in the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School, he joined the Etowah County district attorney’s office, and later became a circuit judge. Moore was elected to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2001, but was removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court’s order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.
Moore was again elected Chief Justice in 2013, but was suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges to continue to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that this had been deemed unconstitutional. . Following an unsuccessful appeal, Moore resigned in April 2017, and announced that he would run for the United States Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions upon Sessions’s confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.
They also say:
Moore rejects the theory of evolution, saying “There is no such thing as evolution. That we came from a snake? No, I don’t believe that.” … In a 1997 speech, Roy Moore claimed that teaching evolution in schools led to an increase in drive-by shootings, arguing that “they’re acting like animals because we’ve taught them they come from animals.
That’s bad enough, but then there are the Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations, which are too grotesque to describe here.
This is Wikipedia’s write-up on Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones. They describe his career and his views — which are, shall we say, a bit less spectacular than Moore’s.
Because today’s the election, we have a few websites that say they’ll give up-to-date election results as they are available. If one fails, another should work. They are:
• CBS News: Live results: Alabama Senate race and exit polls
• Washington Post: Moore vs. Jones: Alabama Senate race live results
The polls close at 8:00, Eastern time. That’s less than fifteen minutes away.
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