Race for Alabama Chief Justice Heats up

October 16, 2012

Recent polling indicates that the chief justice race between Judge Robert Vance Jr. and Roy Moore is a dead heat, a somewhat surprising turn of events given that Vance did not enter the race as the Democratic candidate until September. Since then, Vance has raised $500,000 and received endorsements from two prominent Alabama Republicans. Moore was removed as chief justice in 2003 for ignoring a federal court order to remove a 10 Commandments monument from the state judicial building, but in March, he won a three-way Republican primary that included the sitting chief justice.