Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump praises both candidates for advancing in Alabama's Senate race

Trump praises both candidates for advancing in Alabama's Senate race

There is a temptation to view the results of Tuesday's primary (or pre-primary) race in Alabama to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate through the usual lens of establishment vs. outsider. Despite being buoyed by an endorsement by President Donald Trump, Strange could not escape a runoff with Moore.

The former Chief Justice has a strong following among the state's evangelical voters after defiant stands in favor of a Ten Commandments monument in the state courthouse and against same-sex marriage. "The attempt by the silk stocking Washington elitists to control the vote of the people of Alabama has failed", Moore said at his victory party in downtown Montgomery, where a copy of the Ten Commandments was among the decorations.

The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a September 26 runoff after neither captured more than 50 percent of the vote. Doug Jones, former U.S. Attorney, won the Democratic primary.

"Judge" Moore will likely win the runoff and the election.

Trump even posted a tweet on election day supporting unusual.

Granted, Alabama Republicans twice rejected Mr. Moore, overwhelmingly, when he ran for governor.

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The strongly pro-life and pro-natural marriage Moore cruised to victory in a nine-man Republican field, winning nearly 39 percent of the vote to nearly 33 percent for current Alabama Sen. He says "this election ladies and gentleman as you know is not over, there's much left to do I'm running to make a difference in Washington and those in Washington are scared".

The totals for the Republican candidates were a bit closer, with Roy Moore receiving the most votes at 4,147 (44.02 percent), Senator Luther Strange with 3,360 (35.67 percent) of votes, and Mo Brooks with 1,342 (14.24 percent) of votes. He was unable to escape a runoff despite being buoyed by an endorsement by President Donald Trump.

"Roy Moore's raw vote count yesterday is his ceiling", Alex Schriver, a political operative from Alabama and former chief of staff to GOP Rep. Bradley Byrne, told Fox News. But Strange will have more time to trumpet his Trump endorsement, and the president could visit Alabama, where he is incredibly popular among Republicans.

"He's the only one who hasn't been talking crap about the others", Wright said. Unusual had emphasized Trump's backing in the closing days of the campaign.

Unusual was Alabama's attorney general before he was appointed to the Senate in February by Gov. Robert Bentley, who soon resigned in scandal.

"Fifteen years ago, I actually went up against the Klan and we won", Jones said. During remarks Tuesday evening, Brooks took a jab while congratulating Strange's supporters, who he described as "Mitch McConnell", the Senate majority leader, "the Washington establishment, the K street lobbyists", according to an account by AL.com. Both are scheduled to participate in a U.S. Senate Special Election Republican Runoff Forum sponsored by The Alabama Policy Institute and Samford University on September 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. "[Trump] loves the people of the state", odd said.

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