The Democratic and Republican primaries in the special election to fil the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions and now held by Luther Strange will take place on Aug. 15. Thus far there hasn’t been a great deal of interest in this race. By the time this issue is received there will only be a few days left before the voting takes place. I have predicted an extremely low turnout, but some of my friends who are “political experts” disagree with me. They say there is a large interest and that folks will vote.
I believe Judge Roy Moore will lead the ticket in the Republican primary with either Rep. Mo Brooks or Luther Strange running second. However, it’s possible that State Senator Trip Pittman could move into second place. That’s because Brooks and Luther are going after each other pretty hard, leaving an opening for Sen. Pittman.
The appointment by then Gov. Robert Bentley, who was under criminal investigation by the Attorney General’s office, has been a huge stumbling block for Luther. Also, it appears Luther’s support – primarily financial – from Washington may also have actually hurt his candidacy. Based on past history, I am not sure support from “The Washington Crowd” helps a candidate very much in Alabama.
Doug Jones, who during his career has accomplished a good record, should win the Democratic primary. Doug served as U.S. Attorney in Birmingham and he is better known than any of the other Democratic candidates. However, the interest in the Democratic primary will likely be a record low. If that happens, it could help a candidate like “Robert Kennedy, Jr.” Even so, I believe Doug will be the Democratic nominee.
There may be some late surprises during the last few days prior to the voting on Aug. 15 and things could change as a result. However, with a combination of hot weather and summer activities involving families, politics may not be such a hot topic during an important Senate race. In my opinion all of this gives Judge Moore a decided advantage in the Republican primary. It should also help Doug Jones in the Democratic primary. A general election featuring Judge Moore and Doug would be most interesting.
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