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Merrill: Luther Strange could run a write-in campaign

Roy Moore and Luther Strange (Image: FOX10) Roy Moore and Luther Strange (Image: FOX10)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill says Senator Luther Strange could run a write-in campaign to try to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate.

During an interview with FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip, Merrill said the so-called "Sore Loser Law", designed to prevent the loser in an election to mount another campaign, does not apply in this case, because Strange is not on the ballot.   Strange lost the Republican runoff election for the U.S. Senate to former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is the subject of a Washington Post report, claiming Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14 year old girl when Moore was 32.

Merrill said even if the Republican Party withdrew its support of Moore, his name must remain on the ballot, adding "some people have already voted". 

Should Moore withdraw from the race but still win the December 12 election,  "the election is null and void", according to Merrill and a second, special election would be needed.

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