Republican candidate Roy Moore arrived at his polling place in Gallant, Alabama, on horseback Tuesday to vote in the special Senate election where he faces Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 12, 2017
The former judge showed up at his polling station, the Gallant Fire Department, around 11:30 Tuesday morning, accompanied by his horse, Sassy. Moore said he specifically rides Sassy to the polls in every election to “have good favor.”
“I think it’s a good thing to do,” Moore told CNN in September, when he rode Sassy to the polls in his runoff election against Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.). “I won the last time I rode a horse.”
"Ride sassy ride": Roy Moore arrives on HORSEBACK to vote in Alabama Senate race pic.twitter.com/ANbQM34dIj
— IJR (@TheIJR) December 12, 2017
HuffPost reporter Eliot Nelson notes that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have both ridden horses at public events, while Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared in an introductory video at a convention that also prominently featured horses.
Despite these precedents, Moore’s entrance via horse on Tuesday was met with everything from incredulity to curiosity to delight:
"Roy Moore will be voting today on horseback…his trusty steed is named Sassy” is a sentence I just heard on the TV
— Lauren Katzenberg (@Lkatzenberg) December 12, 2017
Roy Moore arrives on horseback to vote? We're living in the Theatre of the Absurd.
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