The tussle for Jeff Sessions’s senate seat
WHO’S the Trumpiest of them all? For the Republicans in Alabama vying for Jeff Session’s old senate seat, vacated after Donald Trump appointed him attorney-general, that is the most important question. In last year’s election, 62% of voters in Alabama cast their ballot for Mr Trump. Among those likely to vote in the Republican primary on August 15th, he boasts an approval rating of 85%. Rather than meaty policy questions, perceived closeness to the president will in all likelihood be a decisive factor as voters go to the polls next week.
Polling suggests that three candidates have a realistic chance of reaching the run-off in September. Leading the pack with 30% of the vote is Roy Moore, a culture warrior whose chief accomplishment was to be ousted from his post as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court on two separate occasions after he defied federal court rulings, citing religious objections. In 2003 Mr Moore refused to remove a gigantic 5,280lb (2,400kg) monument displaying the Ten Commandments, which he had installed in…Continue reading