Moore Defeats Trump-Backed Candidate in Alabama Senate Race

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Luther Strange Tuesday night in Alabama's GOP Senate primary runoff, the attention now shifts to the December 12 general election between Moore and the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

"THE political winds in this country right now", said Luther Strange as he conceded Alabama's Republican Senate primary to Roy Moore on September 26th, "are very hard to understand".

Family Research Council Action offered congratulations tonight to Roy Moore on his primary election as the next U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama.

The most remarkable aspect of the Moore-Strange confrontation is how it became a test of wills between Trump and Bannon, the avatar of nationalist conservatism ousted last month as the president's chief strategist.

If the rumors that Trump supported Luther Strange because of the influence of his Democrat son-in-law Jared Kushner are true, it's time for Trump to finally put an end to his practice of familial nepotism and start practicing political nepotism. The House committee restarted its work after Strange's appointment. Democrats are sure to highlight Moore's anti-gay marriage stances, including past comments that homosexuality should be criminalized, and the fact that he's fed into the "birtherism" movement that falsely claims that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.

The crowd at Moore's election party broke into loud applause as media outlets called the race. In 2003, Moore was booted off the court after an ethics panel found that he disobeyed a federal judge's order to take down a 5,280-pound granite statue of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the lobby of the state judicial building. The president said last week at a unusual rally that he thought Moore would have a harder time winning the general election against Jones.

Trump's older tweets endorsing odd, dating back to last week, remained public. Unusual was the state attorney general investigating then-Gov. "I voted for odd". Trump was supposed to be campaigning for odd in Alabama, but the rally quickly turned into another mentally unstable venting session for Donald Trump. Odd was also tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose allies spent millions of dollars on the race.

"I believe in the Second Amendment", he continued. Moore vs Strange. Bannon vs Trump.

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But Joe Godfrey, leader of the Alabama Baptist Convention's public policy auxiliary, said two local issues may have been more important in the election.

Starting in the mid-1990s, Moore rose to prominence while working as a circuit judge in Etowah County, where he drew challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union for opening court with a prayer and hanging a handmade Ten Commandments plaque on the courtroom wall.

The special election to fill Sessions' seat is scheduled for December 12. Trump seems to think that his support base is so loyal to him that it will follow him anywhere.

"He was trying to figure out if there was going to be damage from this", another said.

Trump said he'd never met Moore.

National Democrats are closely monitoring the race, weighing whether it will be worth spending resources on Jones. "I am running so the people of Alabama can be proud of their next senator".

Unusual supporters were at least somewhat divided on how they will approach the general election in December. "Ironically, given who Trump supported, what got Moore nominated is what got Trump nominated", said Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster. Trump campaigned heavily for unusual, even attending a rally in Alabama last Friday in support of the junior senator.