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Leading Republican US Senate candidates participate in forum

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Two of the leading Republican candidates running to take Jeff Sessions seat participated in a forum in Wetumpka Monday night.

Roy Moore, and Mo Brooks faced off in a forum held at the Wetumpka Civic Center. However, a lot of the negative words focused on the top candidate: Sen. Luther Strange, who was not in attendance. 

"I'm saddened Luther Strange wasn't here. I was going to take him to task," said Brooks. "He's hiding in Washington DC, hoping that a special interest money can buy him a Senate seat."

Officials with Luther Strange's office said earlier the senator would be in Washington D.C. and would not attend the forum because the Senate remains in session. However, his absence did not stop Brooks and Moore from teeing off. 

"If we both  agree on one thing we cannot have Luther Strange win this election," Brooks said.

"Don't think you're going to get anything done with establishment in Washington," said Moore.

The two candidates agreed on almost every issue, holding the same views on healthcare, marijuana legalization, the senate filibuster rule and more. The candidates didn't disagree often, instead focusing on uniting against Strange.

In an exclusive Raycom News Network/Strategy Media poll, Luther Strange led all Republicans with 35 percent of the vote, Roy Moore was second with 33 percent, and Mo Brooks was third at 16 percent. No other Republican candidate, polled more than five percent.

The Wetumpka TEA Party released results from a Straw Pole after the forum, showing Moore leading the candidates. 

There are only 15 days before the Republican primary, and these three candidates look like they are fighting to get into a two-man runoff.

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