'Decalogue' judge Moore loses Alabama primary

Incumbent governor defeats Christian conservative hero
Incumbent governor Bob Riley breezed past one of the best-known figures in Alabama politics—“Ten Commandments Judge” Roy Moore—to win the Republican nomination for governor.

Riley routed Moore by a double-digit margin in the June 6 Republican gubernatorial primary. Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley won the Democratic nomination.

For Riley, the win represented electoral redemption almost three years after voters buried his $1.2 billion tax and accountability plan in a statewide referendum. In seeking a second term he focused on the economy, education spending and a recently enacted tax cut that will mainly benefit low-income people.

Moore appeared to accept the result. “You can never lose when it’s in the hands of God,” he said to hundreds of flag-waving supporters on election night.


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