Who is Roy Moore, the Alabama GOP Senate candidate?

Who is Roy Moore?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Roy Moore used to be a judge. Now, he's a politician. But the Alabama GOP Senate candidate has always sounded -- as he did at Thursday night's victory party -- like a Bible-thumping preacher.

"He's done more for my campaign than anybody. And that's the Almighty God," Moore said.

Moore is a deeply religious man with no tolerance for what he sees as immoral behavior, and as a judge, he sometimes gave the Bible precedence over the Constitution.

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In 2003 he was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for defying a federal order to remove a plaque of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse.

He was later re-elected to the court but was removed again last year for refusing to obey the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

He has called American Indians "reds" and Asian Americans "yellows." He has called Islam a "false religion." He's said homosexual activity should be illegal. He reportedly said in February that the 9/11 attacks might have been punishment for America's turning away from God.

And on Monday, he caused a stir by waving a gun during a campaign rally.

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President Trump supported Moore's opponent Luther Strange in the Republican primary, in part because of worries that Moore would not be a reliable supporter in the Senate. In fact, Moore said Wednesday he would have voted against the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Moore declared that the primary was a national showdown between the Washington insiders and conservative Republicans who are sick of the Washington establishment. That's not exactly music to the ears of his possible future colleagues.

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    Chip Reid

    Chip Reid is CBS News' national correspondent.