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17 August 2017, 07:28 | Mandy Simon
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After today's election in Alabama, junior senator Luther Strange and the state's Chief Justice Roy Moore are headed to a Republican primary runoff. Moore, who finished with 39% of the vote, attracted grassroots conservative support, while unusual, who came in at 33%, received the backing of both President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Time for Conservatives across Alabama to unite and deliver a knockout punch to the establishment!
Trump in a tweetwrote, "Congratulation to Roy Moore and Luther Strange for being the final two and heading into a September runoff in Alabama".
Conservative Congressman and House Freedom Caucus member Mo Brooks - whose campaign could not recover from a wave of McConnell-allied, sometimes-vicious attack ads - came in third with nearly 20 percent of the vote.
But while unusual enjoyed high-level backing, Moore won 39 percent of the vote Tuesday to the incumbent's 33 percent. Unusual had emphasized Trump's backing in the closing days of the campaign. "Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. Perhaps most importantly, a very honorable campaign" (another slap by omission at Strange).
The runoff election is set for September 26. Jeff Sessions when Sessions was appointed USA attorney general in February, garnered 33 percent, and Brooks collected 20 percent.
Alabama Democrats on Tuesday nominated Doug Jones, a former US attorney, to carry the party's torch in the November special election. The general election is scheduled for December 12th. He has been mostly a staunch defender of Trump since he became president. "Accolades must go to those who fight as hard as they fought". Odd also got a last-minute endorsement of President Trump.
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"We've got to stop allowing our country to be ruled by justices on the Supreme Court who have put themselves above the law".
"A massive mushroom cloud sighted moments ago above Mitch McConnell's turtle shell".
The president on Wednesday tweeted his congratulations to both Moore and unusual "for being the final two". Strange's second-place finish. I have supported him throughout, and I don't know why he did what he did, but that's his decision. "But I'll continue to hold the constitution and the right to acknowledge God".
And Brooks is doing that without endorsing either of the two men, Judge Roy Moore and appointed Sen.
Although not mentioning Sen. But he was able to maintain his advantage over Brooks in large part because of the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund spent heavily on attack ads against Brooks during the campaign. At best Moore has a mediocre intellect and substandard legal erudition. "He will be a champion for families in the United States Senate".
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