Moore beats Strange, Trump in Alabama Senate race

[private]Former Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy Moore scored a victory over Sen. Luther Strange and Donald Trump in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

Moore was trouncing Strange by a 56-44 percent margin with about 75 percent of the vote counted, and the Associated Press called the election for Moore before 10 p.m.

Moore will now face Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 election.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both came to Alabama in the closing days of the race to campaign for Strange, but their support was all for naught.

“I may have made a mistake” in endorsing Strange, Trump admitted in a Friday night rally in Huntsville.

The Alabama race was an instance where Trump’s hard-right political base ignored the president and enthusiastically went for Moore, who was twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court because of ethical violations.

Steve Bannon, a white nationalist who was recently removed from his job in the Trump White House, campaigned for Moore and denounced the efforts of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Washington-based business groups to support Strange.

The results of Alabama’s election could reverberate throughout the Republican Party, with Trump’s base choosing primary challengers who run against incumbent GOP senators.

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