Local, state and national media have called the Republican U.S. Senate runoff for former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

With a little more than half of the precincts reporting, as of 8:35 p.m., Moore is sitting at 56 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times website.

Fresh off a rally in Fairhope Monday evening, Moore watched results roll in from Montgomery on Tuesday. He will win despite President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stumping for his opponent Luther Strange this weekend.

Moore, a controversial figure, was removed from office as chief justice in 2003 for failure to follow a court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building.

He was re-elected as chief justice in 2013, but was suspended in 2016 for telling the state’s probate judges to continue to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday, Dec. 12 for the special Senate election.