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The GOP establishment got what it wanted (sorta) in Alabama's Senate primary

March 23 2018, 01:26 | Perry Erickson

The GOP establishment got what it wanted (sorta) in Alabama's Senate primary

Sen. Luther Strange R-Ala. appointed in February got a boost when President Trump backed his campaign with a tweet

He is famously referred to as the "Ten Commandments Judge". Moore expressed optimism Tuesday after a horseback ride to his polling place, an election day tradition of his.

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General in February after a contentious battle on the senate floor. "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, with a copy of the Ten Commandments among the decorations. He also bested Mo Brooks, a conservative congressman.

The Ayatollah of Alabama, Roy Moore, seems poised to be the state's next Senator.

"Of course I support the president's agenda". But his tenure was short-lived again: in 2016, Moore was suspended as chief justice after he directed probate judges not to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. Republicans Roy Moore and incumbent Luther Strange, along with Democrat Doug Jones, are still in the running. Whatever success he has enjoyed is the result of two things: Alabama is Alabama and Moore is "Mr. Super-Christian".

"They're continually blocking everything that the president wants to do", Moore told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. So far, the group has spent about $4 million of the $10 million it had said it is willing to spend to keep unusual in the Senate. I think I understand, for example, that the filibuster rule is a constitutional rule.

President Trump's current approval numbers are nearly the same as on Election Day, yet Trump was still elected president.

President Trump has tweeted his stamp of approval, several times, for sitting Alabama Sen. Moore, who finished with 39% of the vote, attracted grassroots conservative support, while odd, who came in at 33%, received the backing of both President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). "We are proud to have strongly supported President Trump's number-one ally in this race, and we believe the President's support will be decisive as we head into the next phase of this campaign, which Senator Strange will win in September".

Odd and Moore will meet in a September 26 Republican runoff. "Strong on Wall & Crime!"

Stranger things have happened, however, as odd is up by 3 points in another poll, this one conducted by Emerson College, though that's within the 3.9 percent margin of error. While he was elected twice to the Supreme Court, Moore unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2006 and 2010. But he was able to maintain his advantage over Brooks in large part because of the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund spent heavily on attack ads against Brooks during the campaign. The key is someone who will support him in Washington.

"What outside group would put their organization's reputation alongside his history and profile?"

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