Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Alabama Republican Senate primary: Roy Moore defeats Trump backed odd

Alabama Republican Senate primary: Roy Moore defeats Trump backed odd

Strange, Alabama's attorney general from 2011 to 2017, was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

But, it's really up to Alabama voters to decide which Republican candidate gets to face Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, in December's general election. Moore lost his seat on the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 after defying a federal court order to remove a commandments statue from the state judicial grounds.

He has also called for homosexuality to be illegal, fueled the conspiracy theory behind former President Barack Obama's birthplace, and recently commented on racial divisions by mentioning "reds and yellows" in an apparent reference to Native Americans and Asians.

President Donald Trump's most recent tweets urging Alabamians to vote for Sen. Despite his outsider image, Moore seemed to have the edge over odd from the start.

Trump hedged his bets on Friday, suggesting in a campaign appearance in Alabama that he "might have made a mistake" in endorsing odd over Moore.

Just 1.5 hours after the polls closed, the super PAC Senate Leadership Fund that backed odd conceded the race.

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All said and done, Moore has had his share of rejection in the good old days as well. What's odd is that Trump had tweeted three times in support of Moore's defeated opponent, incumbent Sen. And the Alabama politician is promising to maintain a prickly relationship with members of the political establishment on Capitol Hill.

The GOP Senate nominee and former Alabama Chief Justice said, "I've never prayed to win this campaign".

"Strange also thanked President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for backing him".

"We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress", Moore said during his victory speech.

The Moore victory is likely to strengthen the influence of Bannon with the president and within the GOP. In last month's primaries, about 25 percent of the 589,175 ballots cast were from those who voted Democrat, signaling Jones has significant work to do in the next two months. "And we need to support the president's agenda".

Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in Alabama last week, where Trump ignited the National Football League protest controversy, the president tweeted words of and endorsement for the incumbent candidate numerous times ahead of Tuesday primary. Bannon was seen on air telling locals that a vote for Moore was a vote in support of Trump - followed by wild applause - even though Trump was campaigning for the other guy.

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