‘The Hay Is in the Barn’ — What to Watch for as Alabama Voters Head to Polls in Moore-Strange Match-Up

FAIRHOPE, Alabama – Former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye had a saying on Saturday mornings in his pre-game interviews: “The hay is in the barn. Now it is time to play the game.” That’s the case as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) both made their closing arguments on Monday night shortly before one of the most nationally consequential elections in Alabama’s history. Moore appeared before an estimated 600 people at a rally at Oak Hollow Farms in Baldwin County with some high-profile warm-up acts including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, former White House strategist Steve Bannon and Duck Commander’s Phil Robertson. Meanwhile, simultaneously 270 miles up the road in Birmingham, Strange appeared before an estimated 350 people at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport with Vice President Mike Pence. Late polling suggests Moore is the favorite in Tuesday’s Republican special election GOP primary runoff. President Donald Trump’s appearance Friday night in Huntsville, AL on Strange’s behalf did little to close the gap for Strange, who has been running between five and ten points behind Moore. Alabama State Sen. Trip Pittman, one of the featured guests at Moore’s Oak Hollow Farms event, told Breitbart