Ex-judge beats Trump's candidate in Alabama

Sen. Bill Cassidy R-La. right speaks to an aide as he appears before a Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the Graham Cassidy healthcare proposal on Capitol Hill Monday Sept. 25 2017 in Washington

Sen. Bill Cassidy R-La. right speaks to an aide as he appears before a Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the Graham Cassidy healthcare proposal on Capitol Hill Monday Sept. 25 2017 in Washington

Moore, who has said he will not support McConnell for leader in the future, won a plurality in the primary election that set up Tuesday's runoff in spite of the huge fundraising gap. "ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange - he has proven that he will never let you down!"

When Former Sen. Jeff Sessions became Attorney General to Trump Administration, Luther Strange took the vacated seat.

Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, is a brash candidate who recently spoke about fighting between "reds and yellows" and said in 2015 that "homosexuality should be illegal".

Eager to forget this setback, Donald Trump has quickly hailed the victory of Roy Moore.

Whether Kushner or McConnell, a loss for odd isn't a loss for Trump, according to the president's allies.

The President, who is wildly popular in Alabama, held rally for Sen.

Unusual conceded the race and thanked supporters. During the campaign, he advocated impeaching judges and possibly U.S. Supreme Court justices who have ruled for gay rights.

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They face a September 30 deadline, at which point special rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster will expire. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted against the last repeal bill, is also uncertain about backing the bill.

Then there's the fact that Moore was backed by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who plans to back more anti-establishment candidates for other Congressional seats.

Prior to removing references to Strange, Trump deleted a tweet congratulating Moore and directing the Alabama judge to "WIN in Nov!" "I've only prayed for God's will to be done". Despite an influx of Washington money and a visit from the president, odd was no match for Moore's religiously-driven message and outsider status.

"Our focus is always on keeping a strong Republican majority in the Senate, and that includes Alabama", said chairman Cory Gardner. Moore also had the support of some of Mr. Trump's former allies, including Bannon, Sarah Palin and Sebastian Gorka. "Vote Luther on Tuesday", the President had tweeted earlier.

As of 10:10 p.m. ET, Moore had 58 percent of the vote to Strange's 42 percent, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office.

For the supporters of a hard line, the victory of the magistrate controversial is a demonstration of their power of nuisance, and a warning before the primary next spring, in view of the general elections of November 2018.

"For whatever reason, God has put me in this election at this time, and all the nation is watching" the Alabama race, Moore said on Monday night in his final campaign rally before the primary election.

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