Antigay Roy Moore, removed twice from his role as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, lost his second bid for the U.S. Senate.
Moore was competing with several Republicans to be the GOP's nominee to take on Democrat Doug Jones, who Moore lost to in 2017. Moore, a longtime fixture in Alabama politics, was expected to cruise to victory before The Washington Post published several reports from women who said he sexually preyed on them when they were teenagers.
Jeff Sessions, another avowed Alabama homophobe and Donald Trump's former attorney general, is fighting for first place with former football coach Tommy Tuberville in the Senate primary race; they will advance to a runoff.
Meanwhile, Moore is in a distant fourth place, with over 90 percent of results in, according to The New York Times. Moore convinced less than 7 percent of voters he was the candidate to take on Jones, while Tuberville reached 33 percent of voters and Sessions 31 percent.
Moore was first removed from Alabama's high court in 2003 because he refused to remove a Christian monument from a courthouse. The next time Moore was fired was when he advised Alabama judges they could deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality in 2015. After Moore's loss to Jones in 2017, many outlets reported he was struggling financially — he blamed his empty pockets on "gay, lesbians, transgenders" and Hillary Clinton. He recently blasted LGBTQ people for allegedly attacking "religious freedom."