It’s now official. Roy Moore is not running for governor. Twice elected as the state’s Supreme Court chief justice and twice a candidate for governor, Moore did not declare his candidacy and pay his entrance fee by the close of the qualifying window Friday at 5 p.m.
After Moore failed in his bid to win a seat in the U.S. Senate last year, there were speculation and rumors that he might shift his focus to the race for governor. His silence, however, appears to have answered that question.
While Moore is not running for governor, he’s not eligible to seek another term on the state Supreme Court. Alabama law prevents anyone over the age of 70 being elected to a judicial position. Moore turns 71 on Sunday.