Roy Moore wins Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff, CNN projects

Posted October 01, 2017

She said, "Not that I'm aware of".

Almost $10 million spent by a McConnell-backed super PAC couldn't save incumbent GOP Sen. "Roy, WIN in Dec!" the president tweeted.

"I'd hate to think about where we would be without Sen".

Trump supported Moore's opponent in the primary, but threw his support behind Moore after he won. Says Huckabee Sanders, "We don't agree". And I'm very happy with that. Here he is at his victory party in Montgomery last night echoing what we heard Donald Trump saying during his campaign. But it's really not up to me, it's up to the Senate, but I do have confidence in him.

"I don't have a problem with the Ten Commandments, but I have a problem with him having this thing in his office building where it was against the law for him to do it".

The contest was not close, with Moore receiving 54.6 percent of the vote to Strange's 45.4 percent.

Trump also deleted a tweet that is similar to one he chose to keep congratulating Moore. But Alabama voters had a different idea. Luther Strange, concerned in part that his rhetoric could tarnish the entire party.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Strange had only been in the seat since February.

Bill Armistead, Moore's campaign chairman and a former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said Alabama voters have known Moore a lot longer than they have known Trump, a NY tycoon who became a reality TV star before entering politics.

Kayla Moore was referring to cases in which conservatives Christians came under fire for refusing to work with same-sex weddings.

Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, came into prominence over his staunchly conservative views on social issues, criticism of homosexuality and belief that the separation of church and state has been interpreted far too broadly.

Republicans said Wednesday that Moore's victory also is the result of an angry GOP base frustrated that the party has not delivered on its ambitious agenda - namely its longstanding effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. The president recalibrated his support from unusual to Moore, then attached the runoff victor to his own signature campaign slogan.

President Trump in Indianapolis assured, "We're going to have a vote" on health care reform "and I think we'll actually get it through easily".

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who campaigned for Moore, called the victory the beginning of a "revolution" against incumbents in Washington.

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.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Stumping for unusual, not just the president, but Vice President Mike Pence as well.

However, Strange was "loyal" to Trump, which ultimately led to the endorsement, but the president's still lashing out in anger. "And I'll be honest, I might have made a mistake".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: It was a moment one outside group immediately seized on. As it stands, we don't know how much money his tax plan will save him.

SEN. LUTHER STRANGE: The president supports me.

"All of us who supported Judge Moore, we're going to act like we're behind", he said.

Mr Moore now becomes the heavy favourite in Alabama's special election to be held in December against Democratic nominee Doug Jones. Turnout in special elections is also often hard to gauge, adding an extra layer of uncertainty.