Walker County voters participating in the Republican primary gave Moore 65 percent of the vote in his race for the GOP nomination for chief justice, a position Moore was ousted from by a judicial panel in 2003 for refusing a federal judge’s order to move a Ten Commandments display from the state judicial building. Moore received a total of 5,847 votes in Walker County. His opponents, Charlie Graddick and Chuck Malone combined for only 3,115 votes countywide.
Statewide, Moore received a little more than 50 percent of the vote to win the primary outright without a need for a runoff.
I was able to speak with Moore over the phone Wednesday morning, and he called the victory “overwhelming.”
“This was providential,” Moore said from his office at the Montgomery-based Foundation for Moral Law. “God showed favor upon us — not because of something we did.”
Moore said Walker County has always been an area of strong support for him. During both his unsuccessful attempts at the governor’s office (2006 and 2010), Moore easily defeated eventual winner Bob Riley in Walker County.
“I identify with the people of Walker County,” Moore said. “I live in the country and have horses and cattle.”
Moore also said he believes his large vote totals in the area are because the majority of Walker County residents buy into his message of “freedom and liberty.”
I’m sure Moore’s popularity in Walker County and across Alabama is a direct result of his “Ten Commandments” controversy.
Another extremely conservative Christian, Rick Santorum, had a stellar day in Alabama Tuesday as well. He narrowly won the statewide primary, but he soared ahead of the pack of GOP contenders in Walker County, gaining 41 percent of the vote.
Some political observers attributed Moore’s success to the win by Santorum, but I think Santorum’s success could also be attributed to Moore’s popularity.
Many people watching election results come in Tuesday night at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper were surprised at the numbers garnered by Santorum and Moore. Being a Walker County native, it was exactly what I expected.
I personally don’t understand the popularity of the two men. As far as public figures go, they fall somewhere on my list around the area of Pat Robertson. If the only idea non-Christians have of Christianity comes from seeing these types of folks on television, that’s just sad.
I’m not saying Moore and Santorum are terrible people. They just wouldn’t be my first choices for any office.
The 2012 election season is far from over. We’re probably really just getting started. No matter if you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, I just hope we can all keep our heads and have civil discussions about politics. The polarization over parties in our country is terrible. We need to remember that we are all human beings and treat each other with respect no matter our political affiliation.
James Phillips is managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at 205-221-2840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.