County, state stand with Moore

Published 2:56 am Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Alabama voters overwhelmingly supported Roy Moore over incumbent Luther Strange in Tuesday’s runoff for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

With 95 percent of the votes counted, Moore had 55 percent of the vote, while Strange, who was appointed to the seat in February, had 45 percent.

In Covington County, Republicans showed even stronger support for Moore, who received 64.59 percent of the ballots cast to Strange’s 35.41 percent.

Turnout for the runoff was higher than the primary, with 4,633 of the county’s 25,531 voters casting ballots. That is 243 more voters than the 4,390 Republicans and Democrats combined who voted on primary day.

Strange had the support of both President Donald Trump, who campaigned in Madison County for him last week, and the Senate Leadership Fund, which spent more than $10 million in the race.

Strange carried only Jefferson, Madison, Shelby and Sumter counties.

Moore will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney, in December.