Judge Roy Moore

A new survey shows that the leading candidate for governor in Alabama to replace a term-limited GOP Gov. Bob Riley is former state Supreme Court Justice and WND columnist Judge Roy Moore.

Moore was expelled from his position as chief justice for refusing to remove a replica of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse, and since then has been advocating for traditional American values and ethics with his Foundation for Moral Law.

But a new survey of possible candidates shows Moore is far ahead of most of the likely competition.

The survey, done over 10,000 homes across Alabama from a database of ccAdvertising, focused on the respondents’ gubernatorial preference, pitting Moore head-to-head against Republicans Kay Ivey and Tim James and Democrat Arthur Davis.

Ivey is the state treasurer while James is a Greenville businessman, the son of former Gov. Fob James. Davis is a congressman.

In the matchup with Ivey, respondents favored Moore 50 percent to 14 percent with the rest undecided. Versus James, it was 52 percent for Moore, 16 percent for James and the rest undecided. Against Davis, Moore held a commanding 52 percent to 27 percent advantage.

The assessment also found nine out of 10 respondents were concerned about the economy, and nearly half had a favorable opinion of President Barack Obama. Of the possible candidates, 51 percent held a favorable opinion of Moore, 46 percent for Ivey, 38 percent for James and 50 percent for Davis.

Three-quarters of respondents are pro-life, 87 percent support traditional marriage, 86 percent are anti-tax, 82 percent are pro-gun and 80 percent historically contribute to charitable or political organizations.

A spokesman for Moore confirmed the judge is considering a campaign for the office of governor, but no announcement has been made yet.

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