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Roy Moore defeats Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama Senate primary

Roy Moore defeats Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama Senate primary

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama Roy Moore just comfortably defeated swamp creature Luther Strange in the Republican primary to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' vacant Senate seat.

But despite Trump's best efforts, and despite the $15 million Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies dumped into the race, Moore emerged victorious by a substantial margin, prompting effusive celebration from Steve Bannon and others who boosted his campaign.

Moore, 70, and Jones meet December 12, with the victor taking the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Moore will take on Democratic nominee Doug Jones in Alabama's general election in "Dec!"

"ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange-he has proven to me that he will never let you down!" read one of the tweets that disappeared from the president's Twitter feed late Tuesday. Finish the job - vote today for "Big Luther".

"No, I'm not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman's right and her freedom to choose", Jones said. The stance put Moore in line with Sen. Rand Paul, who supports only purist proposals that have no chance of passing. Moore could fall in line with leadership once he's in office, of course.

Presidents typically avoid wading into divisive primary fights. He emerged from a field of seven Democrats in the primary without a runoff. He has described Islam as a "false religion" and suggested the state remove children from the homes of same-sex parents. But it was also a risky move, with a large potential downside if Trump's candidate lost. There is evidence the unusual campaign did not work hard enough to pivot to moderate voters who may feel tired about Moore representing their state on a national scale.

Bannon declared Moore's win a victory for Trump, despite the president's support for unusual. I think we are at a very important point in the state's history where people are going to start looking seriously at the issues and a democrat like myself who cares about people - we are going to start talking about those issues... and that's what people are going to respond to. "Remember, these are the same people that have tried to destroy Donald J. Trump from the first day he announced for office".

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Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

The reasons voters gave for their decisions on Tuesday were telling.

Moore's opponent, Luther Strange, was backed by the Establishment elite in Washington. But despite this appeal to Trump voters, Mr Moore held a steady lead in the polls. The president also said on stage that he was ready to campaign for Strange's opponent. "People in Minnesota should not think, 'Oh that's Alabama, '" Ellison said, "We can not feel safe".

One of the deleted tweets - which was pointed out by MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin - was a simple show of support for unusual. In the end, the endorsement may not have much of an impact with Trump's conservative base. He was the first open Muslim ever to be elected to the House of Representatives, and has ties to the racist black nationalist organization, The Nation of Islam.

The results could weaken Trump's ability to intimidate Republican lawmakers running for re-election next year.

There are 34 Senate seats up for re-election in 2018.

And it's a rebuke for Trump, who threw his political capital behind odd - to no avail - in a state where he remains very popular. However, Shelby became a Republican in 1994 and still serves in that seat as a member of the GOP.

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