Alabama Senate race: Who were the winners, losers in GOP runoff?

Alabama Senate race: Who were the winners, losers in GOP runoff?

Alabama voters elected conservative firebrand Roy Moore as the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat yesterday, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump and other party leaders who had argued that rival Luther Strange was a better bet to advance their priorities in Washington.

Mr. Trump said at the rally that he would be "campaigning like hell" in Alabama for Judge Moore if he defeated Sen.

Roy Moore is celebrating victory as he becomes the Republican nominee in the special election for U.S. Senate.

Trump made his first major electoral intervention as president at McConnell's behest, recording robocalls, holding a rally in Huntsville, and offering repeated support for odd on Twitter as recently as Tuesday morning.

Steven Law, the president of the McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund super PAC that spent $10 million against Moore, said he "won this nomination fair and square and he has our support, as it is vital that we keep this seat in Republican hands".

Moore, a former judge who was removed from the state Supreme Court after refusing to remove the Ten Commandments, beat current Sen.

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Earlier this year he told a Guardian reporter that maybe Vladimir Putin "is right" on gay marriage. Trump did not seem too upset, however, congratulating unusual on a "good race" and Moore on his victory, and endorsing him in the December election.

The special election gained national prominence because of what was at stake: the political sway of President Donald Trump's administration versus the base that helped him win the White House. Trump carried the state by a lopsided 62 percent to 34 percent, however, and while Republicans quietly grumble they may have to spend some money for Moore they're not yet that anxious that he could blow the race. State GOP observers said that hurt odd badly even with voters who may have been more inclined to vote for him - and his association with McConnell and other GOP establishment leaders didn't help either, even if he had Trump's blessing. Odd was the state attorney general investigating then-Gov. Robert Bentley - couldn't shake his "establishment" image. Throughout the Senate race, unusual had been dogged by criticisms of accepting the appointment from a scandal-battered governor when his office was in charge of corruption investigations.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore got 55 percent (262,204) of the votes over Luther's Stranges 45 percent (218,066) statewide. I encourage all Alabamians to vote in the general election scheduled for December 12, 2017. I'm a Trump voter. President Trump is coming to see him.

Pro-Strange forces outspent Moore almost 5-to-1 on television advertising, according to data provided to NBC News by Advertising Analytics LLC.

"It was sort of a 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, '" said R.L. Barber, 77, a Moore supporter from Birmingham.