BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Roy Moore might have a hard time winning a Senate runoff in other states. He has defied federal court orders, described Islam as a false religion and called homosexuality evil.
But in Alabama, the twice-ousted former chief justice of the state Supreme Court was popular enough to defeat an incumbent Senate candidate in a Republican primary runoff.
David Mowery is an Alabama political strategist. He says the things that end careers for politicians elsewhere strengthen Moore.
Moore used a mix of God, defiance and guns in his pitch to voters. He has long championed the Ten Commandments and quoted scripture during stump speeches.
The state is mostly white and Christian. Its voters have repeatedly embraced outsiders who campaign on embracing God and rebuffing authority.