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Religious and pro-business conservatives to battle in Alabama primary


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) — With the “Ten Commandments judge” as a candidate, the Republican gubernatorial primary in Alabama is pitting the religious right against pro-business conservatives.

“This comes down to a classic battle between voters who are concerned with social issues and voters who are most concerned with economic-development issues,” said David Lanoue, chairman of the department of political science at the University of Alabama. “We’re talking about conservatives in both cases.”

The primary, scheduled for June 2006, features Gov. Bob Riley against ousted Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Analysts say it could boil down to just how angry Alabama Republicans still are with Riley for proposing a record tax increase, which voters rejected three years ago.

In announcing his run for governor, Moore listed the “acknowledgment of God” in a platform that also included term limits for legislators and measures against illegal aliens.