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Polls open for Republican runoff

Two Republicans entered the day hoping to be named the next U.S. Senator for Alabama, but only one can emerge victorious today as the Republican nominee.

Roy Moore and Luther Strange have been duking it out for the seat since well before the primary in August. Although the field was crowded, only three candidates received more than 10 percent of the vote.

Despite their dominance, neither candidate could get a majority of the vote, with both finishing with less than 40 percent of votes.

Strange, who was appointed interim Senator by former governor Robert Bentley, has the backing of President Donald Trump and Vice president Mike Pence, while other conservative and tea party leaders have thrown their support behind Moore.

If the runoff goes anything like the primary did in Pike County, Moore would win by a landslide.

Moore captured over 50 percent of the local vote while Strange got just under 25 percent of votes.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who received the next most votes in the state with nearly 20 percent, has also endorsed Moore.

Local Republican leaders that attended the debate between Strange and Moore were not impressed with Strange touting his presidential endorsement and said that the voters will be choosing candidates on the character and qualifications– not endorsements.

The polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents unsure about which polling place they need to vote at can call the Board of Registrars at 334-566-1757. Residents can also call Probate Judge Wes Allen, election manager, at 334-670-6366.

Photo identification is required to vote.