Incumbent governor defeats Christian conservative hero
Jun 27, 2006
Incumbent governor Bob Riley breezed past one of the best-known figures in Alabama politics—“Ten Commandments Judge” Roy Moore—to win the Republican nomination for governor.
Riley routed Moore by a double-digit margin in the June 6 Republican gubernatorial primary. Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley won the Democratic nomination.
For Riley, the win represented electoral redemption almost three years after voters buried his $1.2 billion tax and accountability plan in a statewide referendum. In seeking a second term he focused on the economy, education spending and a recently enacted tax cut that will mainly benefit low-income people.
Moore appeared to accept the result. “You can never lose when it’s in the hands of God,” he said to hundreds of flag-waving supporters on election night.