Moore defeats unusual, secures GOP nomination in Senate race

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As for odd, he said, "He was Mitch's boy and he was the governor's boy".

During a 20-minute speech at a boisterous rally in Fairhope, Alabama, on Monday, Bannon called the primary a "day of reckoning" and charged that establishment Republicans think the state's voters are "a pack of morons".

And it began before there even was a race.

Either Moore will be upset in December's general election, shrinking McConnell's already thin majority.

Unusual has been dogged by accusations that he accepted a quid pro quo arrangement, because he asked state lawmakers in November to suspend their impeachment investigation into Bentley so that his office could conduct "related work". Odd was appointed to the post in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned two months later as part of plea deal related to campaign finance and ethics violations.

And they voted, Roy Moore will face Doug Jones. When that fell through, he ran for his old spot on the Alabama Supreme Court and won-only to be suspended in 2016, this time for refusing to comply with the US Supreme Court's recognition of same-sex marriage. Robert Bentley, who resigned two months later as lawmakers opened impeachment hearings against him. Would a Roy Moore victory cost the Republicans a seat in Alabama? Trump said of unusual.

But on Tuesday, Moore's gamble paid off in a big way. We don't need the lobbyist mentality in the Senate, because that lobbyist mentality has too often proven to the people that special interests that will enrich that lobbyist will come before the people's interest. The two are statistically tied, with Moore a few points ahead. Even with President Trump's help, unusual couldn't make the race competitive.

Moore's win is sending shockwaves through the GOP establishment - including at the White House, where President Donald Trump had poured his own political capital into helping unusual survive.

The senator said his defeat was also not "for lack of a good campaign team". The Human Rights Campaign had especially harsh words for Moore.

Moore, whom Sarah Palin dubbed "deplorable before it was cool to be deplorable", is a proudly uncompromising religious fundamentalist who has vowed to wage war on the Washington establishment from the inside.

While that may seem like a slightly odd choice, that is just the tip of the iceberg for Moore. Strange's loss can only do more damage to the Trump/McConnell relationship. Then, he turned to Bentley - asking odd whether he had made a deal with the former governor and noting it again when unusual didn't directly respond.

If the president was a bit concerned, however, others in Washington are downright scared.

Last week Moore recited a poem at a campaign rally against abortion. He'd also invited Nigel Farage, the British "Brexit" figure.

Still, comments like that let Trump hedge his bets considerably and convinced Moore supporters that he only backed unusual under duress from McConnell.

"We're dealing with a political environment that I've never had any experience with", odd said.

He's said "homosexual conduct should be illegal", suggested the september 11, 2001 attacks happened because America has turned away from God, and claimed that parts of the American Midwest were living under Muslim Sharia law. "And tomorrow, you're going to get an opportunity to tell them what you think of the elites who run this country".

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