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Roy Moore avoids run off in Chief Justice race

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore received a little more that 50% of the vote to win the Republican nomination for his old job.

After a night of uncertainty, with complete but unofficial results, Moore had 50.37%, more than the 50% plus one vote that he needed to avoid a runoff with either of his challengers, former Attorney General Charlie Graddick or current Chief Justice Chuck Malone.

It was an improbable comeback for Moore, who in 2003 was ousted from the chief justice's office by a judicial panel for refusing a federal judge's order to move a Ten Commandments display from the state judicial building.

Moore will face the Democratic nominee, Pelham attorney Harry Lyon, in the November general election.

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