Cruz throws support behind Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

Cruz throws support behind Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops MORE (R-Texas) is throwing his support behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) ahead of the December special election.

Cruz praised Moore in a post on his website Tuesday, portraying the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice as a constitutional conservative.

“[Voters] can choose a liberal Democrat, who will stand with Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar Trump lashes out at Schumer over call for supply czar MORE to raise taxes, weaken our military, open our border, and undermine our constitutional rights. Or, they can choose to elect Judge Roy Moore, a conservative who will proudly defend Alabama values,” Cruz wrote.

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Cruz also praised Moore’s “lifelong passion for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

Cruz is the latest conservative GOP senator to back Moore ahead of the special election Dec. 12, when Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGeorgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat Warren knocks McConnell for forcing in-person Senate vote amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-Ky.) endorsed Moore last week, saying the judge has “spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution," and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeJustice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah) also endorsed Moore.

A Fox News poll last week found Moore and Jones tied with 42 percent support each.

A number of controversial comments Moore has previously made have seen renewed attention during his Senate campaign.

Moore once argued the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage was “even worse" than its ruling that found African Americans were not citizens, and therefore property, and during a campaign speech in September, Moore lamented racial divisions between “reds and yellows.”

CNN previously reported that Moore implied during a speech to a church congregation in February that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks could have been caused by a lack of religious faith.

Moore, who defeated Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State 'certificate of need' laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R-Ala.) in a GOP primary runoff last month, is running for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings MORE