MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is one step closer to regaining that position.

Moore won the Republican primary Tuesday, defeating current Chief Justice Chuck Malone and Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Charles Graddick. He previously served as the court's chief justice from 2001-03 and has ran unsuccessfully for governor twice.

He is most famous for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building despite a federal judge's order. He was removed as chief justice.

In an article by The Associated Press, Moore credited Presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for bringing out their voters.

"I think Rick Santorum recognizes, as do I, that our rights are given us by God," Moore said in the article.

Moore, 65, was appointed Etowah County Circuit Court judge in 1992 and was elected in 1994. In 2000, he was elected to the Supreme Court and he installed the Ten Commandments monument in 2001.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center sued Moore over the display.

After he was removed from the bench, he became Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for Moral Law.

He will face Democrat Harry Lyon.

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