University of Denver

Race for Alabama Chief Justice Heats up

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

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.