Sen. Luther Strange and jurist Roy Moore are facing off in Alabama’s U.S. Senate, and on the night before the runoff, Moore pulled out a gun during a campaign rally.
“Nearly three months of negative ads that we couldn’t answer with money because we didn’t have it,” Moore, a Republican, said. “Ads that were completely false, that I don’t believe in the Second Amendment.”
Meanwhile, at Roy Moore's rally… pic.twitter.com/6tVnnSr0rb
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 26, 2017
then stopped for a moment.
Moore, who was wearing his trademark cowboy hat, stopped for a moment.
Then, he pulled out a small pistol.
AL Senate favorite Roy Moore just pulled a real gun out of his pocket at his rally. No joke. pic.twitter.com/KqTeuIwgMm
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) September 26, 2017
“I believe in the Second Amendment,” he said. The crowd then cheered.
They’re campaigning for a seat that was left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a longtime U.S. Senator in Alabama before taking his current role.
Moore accused Strange, who is a Republican, of being “the establishment” candidate throughout the campaign, according to USA Today. However, Moore has been the favorite so far in the race, and it’s been predicted that he’ll win.
Trump has rallied to support Strange, who was appointed the seat February.
ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange – he has proven to me that he will never let you down! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence expressed his support for Strange.
“I’m here tonight to say I stand with Luther. I stand with President Donald Trump — and I will always stand for our national anthem,” Pence said, per CBS.
“Luther Strange is going to be a great senator. He already has, and he has already helped me,” Trump said of the runoff. Moore would have a “hard time” in the December election against Democrat Doug Jones.
On Tuesday, Moore was seen riding a horse to the polls to vote for himself.
Moore told the Belleville News-Democrat that it’s a tradition for him to ride a horse to go and vote.
As of Monday, Moore was leading Strange by about 25,000 votes, CBS News reported.