State’s ex-chief justice and former attorney general top voting in first round, while ex-US attorney Doug Jones clinches Democratic nomination

Alabama Republicans are set for what will be a fierce runoff in September after no candidate cleared 50% in the state’s US Senate primary.

The controversial former state supreme court chief justice Roy Moore received over 40% of the vote, well ahead of appointed incumbent Luther Strange on Tuesday night. Representative Mo Brooks, a member of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, finished third and will not make the 26 September runoff. The special election was prompted by the confirmation of former senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general in February.

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