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Roy Moore secures Republican nomination for chief justice on the same day Rick Santorum takes Alabama's primary vote.

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Return of Roy Moore a clue to Santorum’s Alabama victory?

Roy Moore secures Republican nomination for chief justice on the same day Rick Santorum takes Alabama’s primary vote.

That Judge Roy Moore was on the verge of securing the critical Republican nomination for chief justice of Alabama Tuesday without a runoff may offer a clue to why Rick Santorum pulled off the upset he did in the state’s Republican primary.

“Moore could only make a comeback like that with a massive turnout of evangelical conservatives who still believed in him,” former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors, a top Romney strategist, told HUMAN EVENTS, “and the voters who turned out for Roy Moore almost surely were going to vote for Rick Santorum, a fellow ‘values candidate.’”

Ousted in ’03 as the state’s chief justice for defying a federal court order to remove a 5,300 pound stone monument bearing the Ten Commandments from the state’s Hall of Justice, Moore became internationally known as the “Ten Commandments judge” and a hero among conservatives.  But, when he tried to turn that fame into a political career, Republican voters balked and Moore was badly beaten in the primary for governor in ’06 by incumbent Bob Riley.  Many conservatives felt he was cynically riding his martyrdom to political power.  Others resented Moore for accepting campaign donations from trial lawyers — a “no-no” for Republican candidates in Alabama.

As he tried unsuccessfully to win other offices over the years, Moore seemed headed for the political ash heap.  But, last night, he roared back and in an upset as big as Santorum’s, the “Ten Commandments judge” was rolling up more than half the vote in the primary for his old job as chief justice.  Trailing Moore were Chuck Malone, an appointee of Gov. Robert Bentley to the state’s high court, and former State Attorney General (and gubernatorial hopeful) Charlie Craddick.

Rick Santorum had his own cadre of social issues advocates in Alabama, with his state campaign run by former State Sen. (and values voters favorite) Hank Erwin.  But there is also a strong case to be made that his candidacy was helped — either intentionally or otherwise — by another figure who clearly maintained a fervent following in that community, namely Roy Moore.  Put another way, if an Alabamian was going to vote for Roy Moore, he or she would also very likely vote for Rick Santorum.

And obviously, a lot did — for both of them.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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