'Maybe Putin is right': Republican Senate frontrunner on Russian leader

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Roy Moore, a former Alabama judge and top contender to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant seat, said the Russian leader could be ‘more akin to me than I know’

Roy Moore, the controversial former judge and a leading contender in Alabama’s Senate race, has said “maybe Putin is right” and “more akin to me than I know” given the Russian leader’s stance on gay marriage.

Moore, who was propelled to fame in 2001 over his refusal to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that he’d installed in state courthouse, is a leading contender to fill the vacancy left by Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

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