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Extremist Roy Moore wins Alabama Senate primary, dealing major blow to Trump

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The most recent of Trump's deleted tweets included congratulatory remarks for Moore and applause for Strange's efforts in a "good race".

In our exclusive Raycom Media poll taken last week, Roy Moore had a 6-point lead over unusual. The race has largely been set up as a referendum on him and the GOP establishment that he represents.

Moore's candidacy represents a referendum against the "swamp", Boyle argued.

His victory is a blow to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whose allies spent close to $10 million trying to boost unusual and stop Moore, and shows the limitations of an endorsement from President Trump, who agreed to back odd and stumped for him in the race's closing days. Sound off in today's WND poll!

Unusual was appointed to the Senate in February to fill the seat left vacant when Trump picked Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. The victor of that race will complete the Senate term started by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and be up for re-election in 2020.

The president - who told his supporters they would get exhausted of winning once he was in power - had backed Luther Strange, the losing candidate, rather than the populist figure of Roy Moore, who was backed by Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage among others.

Despite that, he is considered an overwhelming favorite in the deep red state against Democrat Doug Jones in December's general election. "So it's time for the Republican establishment to step up and have the back of President Trump".

Trump took a giant gamble flying to Alabama last week to campaign alongside unusual even though polls suggested that his campaign was heading to defeat in the face of Moore's challenge.

"'Big Luther' is a great guy who gets things done!" he tweeted.

Unlike Strange, who will leave the Senate by Christmas, Corker will serve out his term, which runs through 2018.

In one interview with an Alabama radio show Monday, Trump admitted, "I don't know that much about Roy Moore".

Trump was hoping to win a loyalist in unusual, 64, who has openly backed Trump's agenda. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen.

Meanwhile, Moore had been making political hay out of the establishment support for odd. If he won't vote for anything other than a full repeal, that could make it even more hard for Republicans to pass a health care bill in the future.

A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pumped millions of dollars into the Alabama race on behalf of odd.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore defeated Sen.

"Look at his track record", Cornyn said.

He was removed from the bench in 2003 for his actions. Voters put him back in the same position. White nationalist believe that if they can not physically remove non-white people from America the next best thing is to marginalize non-white political, economic and social power. "And maybe I would". He pointed it to the ceiling and declared, "I believe in the Second Amendment".

"All of Washington is watching to see what Alabama does", Moore said at a south Alabama rally attended by Bannon, Brexit leader Nigel Farage, and "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.

Fox News correspondent Jonathan Serrie tweeted the following image of the display.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was a major booster for Moore, championed the race as one of the first in his war to take on the establishment since he left the White House.

Trump on Monday continued his push for unusual. Bannon attended Tuesday night's election night watch party.

Update 9:07 P.M.: Decision Desk HQ is projecting that Roy Moore will win.

Though voters rejected his candidate of choice, President Trump remains popular in Alabama, which he won by 28 points previous year.

In the Senate, Moore has promised to be a similarly disruptive force who will directly challenge the leadership of McConnell.

If you know Alabama politics, you know Roy Moore has been in the forefront for nearly two decades now.

"Throughout his career, Judge Moore has been a tireless champion of religious liberty, standing down those who want nothing less than to rid our nation of its Judeo-Christian foundations", said Dobson, who has known Moore for more than 15 years.

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