The votes are in, and Alabama just rocked the Republican establishment’s world. Incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, although backed by McConnell, Pence, and Trump, lost the run-off election in the Alabama Republican primary for Senate.
Tuesday night at about 9 pm, Strange told his supporters that “we wish (Moore) well going forward.”
His endorsement of his rival soon shifted to his personal bewilderment regarding the race that he had just run. “We’re dealing with a political environment that I’ve never had any experience with,” he said. “I’m telling you, the political seas and winds in this country right now … are very hard to navigate, very hard to understand.” The incumbent senator thanked President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for supporting him. He acknowledged that the president may “be criticized” for coming to Alabama on his behalf. “Sometimes it’s just about friendship … a common goal to make the country better,” he said.
A few minutes before Strange acknowledged defeat in the race, the group that put millions of dollars into his campaign said that they would now back Judge Roy Moore. The Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO, Steven Law, declared the Moore won the nomination “fair and square.” And he said that Moore “has our support, as it is vital that we keep this seat in Republican hands.” Moore will now face his Democratic challenger Doug Jones in December.
Roy Moore is an Alabama former chief justice who was twice removed from his position because he defied federal court orders over same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments. He was backed and promoted by former White House strategist Steve Bannon of Breitbart News. Bannon said that Moore was a better fit for the “populist, nationalist, conservative movement.”
Strange billed himself in the race as the “true conservative” who was just trying to get President Trump’s agenda passed through Congress. But Moore kept challenging that Strange was part of the problem in Washington since he is a secure member of the GOP establishment.
Do you think this is the beginning of the end for many of the GOP establishment in Washington? Do you believe that Bannon’s influence changed the outcome of this primary election?
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