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Moore wins in Alabama, creating Senate Ag vacancy

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Farage giving it some at Moore's campaign rally earlier this week

"I'm going to work to get Republicans elected all across the country so we can continue working with President Trump and our agenda", said Sen.

"From the beginning of this campaign, my priority has been serving the people of Alabama", Strange released in a statement. As in George Orwell's 1984, where politically inconvenient information is scrubbed from the records, Donald Trump is airbrushing over past support for the soon-to-be-former senator. Richard Shelby, the senior GOP senator from Alabama, said bluntly: "We'll have to see". In face, Trump deleted tweets supporting odd after Moore won, which could present legal problems. It didn't take long.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a lead author of the legislation, said: "Through events that are under our control and not under our control, we don't have the votes".

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The runoff between Moore and odd pitted some top Republicans against one another, each side claiming the mantle of President Trump and his agenda. "He will help to #MAGA!"

Brooks said, "The thing I think we learned this week is that Roy Moore and Steve Bannon, what we'll call the nationalists, they have a story to tell". In addition to Bannon, the likes of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ban Carson supported Moore. "(Mitch) McConnell and (Chuck) Schumer, and then we've got a matter of eventually persuading the entire Senate, the House of Representatives and the President, so we're taking it a step at a time". But Mr Moore derided his opponent as an "establishment lackey".

With the three known defections, the Graham-Cassidy measure fell one short of the required Senate votes and denied Vice President Mike Pence the opportunity to cast the decisive vote in the 50-50 split.

The president had tweeted support for him at least 10 times. Adding intrigue was the fact that unusual got his Senate post by being promoted from his job as Alabama attorney general by a now-convicted former governor whom Strange's office had been investigating for corruption. Senate Republicans will be as committed to keeping Alabama's Senate seat in Republican hands with Roy Moore as we were with Luther Strange.

Anti-establishment Republicans have viewed Moore - ousted twice as state Supreme Court chief justice but revered among social conservatives for his anti-LGBT views and his advocacy for Christianity in public life - as the true heir to Trump's campaign.

After the USA legalized marriage equality, he refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. So Moore is going to run in a general election now in a few months against a Democratic candidate.

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