Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and GOP Sen. Luther Strange will both advance to a runoff election after neither candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary to officially replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday.
Moore led Strange, earning 41 percent of the vote in Alabama. Strange wasn’t far behind with 31.9 percent of the vote, and Rep. Mo Brooks earned 19.5 percent of the Republican vote, with 60 percent of the polls reporting as of 10:00 p.m. EST, according to The New York Times.
Although much of the nation’s attention was on the Republican side, the Democratic side of the primary was also exciting. Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones won a clear victory with 64 percent, and Robert Kennedy Jr. took second place with a small 18.6 percent of the vote. Micheal Hanson and Will Boyd each rounded out the pack with a small amount of support in the race.
Alabama operates under an “open primary” system, which means that anyone can vote in either party primary, but they can only vote in one. Independents are free to choose to vote either in the Democratic or the Republican primary.