Roy Moore defeats Trump-backed Luther Strange in Alabama Senate runoff

by Samuel Chamberlain
September 27, 2017

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was projected to soundly defeat Sen. Luther Strange in Tuesday’s Senate primary runoff, overcoming heavy GOP establishment support for the incumbent, including from President Trump himself.

The hard-fought Alabama runoff battle had pitted Trump against some of his most loyal supporters including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a slew of House conservatives who all backed Moore. Despite his outsider image, Moore seemed to have the edge over Strange from the start.

With 92 percent of the precincts reporting, Moore led Strange by 55 percent to 45 percent, a margin of more than 41,000 votes. State officials estimated a low turnout of between 12 and 15 percent of eligible voters.

The crowd at Moore’s election party broke into loud applause as media outlets called the race. Bannon took the stage to introduce Moore as supporters waving flags cheered Tuesday night.

65 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Navy Bob says:

    Amazing how the media spins things. Since the unprecedented collapse of the horrible Hillary campaign, every special election was touted as a referendum on the Trump election”. That is until the democrat LOST and then it was an election in a “reliably Republican district”. Now, the candidate that Trump backed lost in a run off (no democrats even made the cut) and the drum beat starts anew. How is this bad for Trump? A Republican is in the seat. He is NOT a DC insider, kind of a maverick, thinks on his own and will more than likely support the Trump agenda. Is the media so in need of a Trump election loss that they are manufacturing this story?

  • Rodney Steward says:

    Trump was a winner either way, it really didn’t matter other than the fact that Luther was a yes man and why McConnell and his crowd wanted him, but Luther wasn’t really a bad person it’s the fact that Roy’s a lot like Trump, and that might be a very good thing!!

  • justinwachin says:

    The people of Alabama have made their choice. Everyone in Washington should see this as a message from the voters that we want change. We have given the Republican Party and its Washington politicians all the power they craved. Unfortunately they have done very little for those who voted them into office.

    It is time to repeal Obamacare. It is time to begin paying down the federal debt. it is time to get government spending under control. If the current politicians fail to grasp that message and change course, many of the current politicians of both parties may find themselves looking for moving companies on the morning after election day 2018.

  • I Served With Honor says:

    Why anyone truly thinks that POTUS was backing Strange, is, well, “strange to me”. When will people wake up and figure it out? Trump is playing 3 (maybe even 4) dimensional chess with an entire industry (Washington Establishment) that is still playing checkers. He is so far ahead of the field, that I have to laugh whenever I see anyone on the LEFT try to condemn him. He’s playing “rope a dope” with all of Hollywood, the NFL (wait until the illiterate NBA idiots like LeBron really get involved), and the Democratic Congress. And yes, the RINOS who thought they were exempt because there’s an R by their name.

    Points in FACT…
    Idiots like Colbert are making fools of themselves every night (actually one could conclude that he may be the only one who is playing smartly, because at least he is increasing his ratings, by getting idiots to turn on and listen to his dribble).

    Maxine Waters? I won’t waste an attempt at description.

    John McCain? Sells out his own constituency just cuz Trump made comments about his recklessness back in the Viet Nam days.

    Obamacare? Trump hasn’t truly supported any of the O’Care Light amendments proposed so far. He’s in a no lose situation in that OCare will any day now implode and a choice will be offered to the American Public to increase the Debt 2-fold or go back to Private Industry….

    Immigration? Seems pretty obvious who’s winning this one just looking at the Travel Ban, and how the LEFT can’t continue to keep the POTUS from just doing his job.

    Supreme Court?

    Too much to keep listing. Watch the end game folks.

    MAGA. Don’t brag…. Trump will do that. Just enjoy the results.

    1. Worried Vet says:

      Yep auntie maxine is a waste of time.

  • Marilynn Reeves says:

    So glad Judge Moore won.More in-line with my values.

  • Tiger says:

    Don’t know why Trump went with the other guy, heard scuttle butt he owed him one but Trump came out smelling like a rose cause bottom line, he is fine with this guy all the way around.

  • mudguy1 says:

    Mitch the Senate Leadership Fund threw almost 10 million dollars to try to defeat Judge Moore. It is just one more thing that proves that Rino’s have no idea how or where to spend money.

    1. goldie says:

      They had no idea that they have lost their clout, either. Way to waste money, mcconnell. i hope you are listening, DC; we the people have had it. I am so proud of Alabama for this!

      1. PatriotGal says:


      2. mudguy1 says:

        Wasting money is the only thing they how how to do and they do a great job of that. If they were good at keeping promises as wasting money they could have repealed Obamacare.

      3. Pete says:

        Alabama is thankfully far enough away from Washington that the inherent brain damage of the DC establishment had little effect.

  • seersuckerandapanama says:

    The conservative-populist contest within the Republican Party didn’t start in 2017 with this Alabama US senate Republican runoff. The appointment of Rep. Mick Mulvaney prompted a special election in the fifth congressional district of South Carolina. That GOP runoff pitted a true conservative, Ralph Norman, against the establishment’s RINO hack Tommy Pope. As with the Alabama runoff, the conservative, who pledged to join the House Freedom Caucus if elected, won. Norman went on to beat the democrat. Perhaps Trump isn’t 2-0 in these intra-party races, but the Trump agenda is.

    1. maxx says:

      I hope and pray this is a true sign that Americans have finally “woke up” and will keep their eyes on the prize into perpetuity. I long for the day when “communists” in all their incarnations are physically removed from society. I suspect we would not be in our predicament if Sen. Joe McCarthy has been listened to in the first place. He was the first to sound the alarm about communists in our very government supported by Hollywood back in the 1950’s.

      1. Pete says:

        When you hear the word “progressive” tied to a political candidate know that that candidate will vote & support big government socialistic ideals %90+ of the time. The ultimate goal of big government ideals is dictated socialism, or communism (socialism out of the barrel of a gun)

  • pappy450 says:

    One more conservative voted in…Many more RINOS to vote out and send “down the road”. Time to “ditch mitch” and get someone in there to MAGA!

    1. Pete says:

      Tom Cotton would work!!!!!

      1. pappy450 says:

        HELL YEH!

  • bobnstuff says:

    The Trump magic doesn’t work in Alabama. To bad, Trump had picket the right man. Moore doesn’t respect the rule of law, he is a lot like Trump but I can’t see him working with Trump or anyone else for that matter. Does anyone see Moore as a team player? We have enough conservative voices in the congress, what we need are people that can work with others to get things done. As I say does Moore look like someone who will be part of a team.

    1. Janthony132 says:

      I think you are so far out of touch with reality. Judge Moore has a history of be very conservative and “doesn’t respect the rule of law” (your comment) is so full of BS, its pathetic. He was a distinguished Chief Justice (a reminder)

      1. bobnstuff says:

        He got thrown out of office not once but twice because he didn’t respect our system of laws. Yes he take very conservative views and will be totally inflexible. As I say we don’t need anymore voices we need doers. Moore has a big mouth but can you see him working with others. Congress is a team sport not a solo act.

        1. Bob says:

          ” Moore has a big mouth but can you see him working with others.” Pot, meet lettle

        2. chw2000 says:

          If anyone knows a “big mouth” it would be you. That’s all you are is a “big mouth” with spewing nothing but BS when ever you open it. Just go away.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            So you are saying Moore will be a team player and support the republicans and the president? Do you see this man working on a healthcare bill, tax reform or writing a jobs bill?

          2. Pete says:

            Working on the team that helps drain the immoral/illegal swamp in the nations capitol!! You can be certain of that. Now if your a RINO (small government conservative in name only) or a socialistic democrat, you will not like that one bit.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            He is not a team player, he will be another Ted Cruz only not as nice.

          4. Retired says:

            Tell us where you get all your brilliant Ideas from other than the left wing media ?????

          5. chw2000 says:

            Not yet but then he isn’t in office yet. Just so you know Bob, Jesus isn’t running for office but if he was, you would have nothing but critical comments about HIM too.

          6. bobnstuff says:

            Is it to much to ask for a candidate to be able to do the job they are running for. Can you see Moore as a junior senator working on as a committee member?

        3. Retired says:

          You mean he did not kiss butt and play the PC game ??

      2. Retired says:

        bobnbullshitsky always has the opposite of what is real to say .

    2. seersuckerandapanama says:

      It isn’t about Trump. It is about the Trump agenda.

      1. Pete says:

        bob is part of the immoral/illegal element that pollutes the nations governments. Senator Roy Moore & those like him are a threat to the illegal/immoral gravy train.

        1. Worried Vet says:

          He thinks castro and chavez were heroes not killers of anyone who didn’t agree with them.

      2. bobnstuff says:

        Which agenda, he keeps changing it.

        1. Retired says:

          There is no agenda to work with as McConnell is siting on his appointments , you still have not woke up to that fact . McConnell is a good Republican just like you are .

    3. Rob Manwiller says:

      DemonRats DON”T work with anybody, especially REAL conservatives, moron! Where’ve YOU been, in a friggin’ cave? Sheeeeesh!

      1. maxx says:

        I suspect under the same rock that other democommies live under.

      2. bobnstuff says:

        The democrats sure are sticking together these days. It’s the republicans that are having the problems with unity. Moore will just make things worse.

        1. Retired says:

          Yup, the Demo Turds are sticking together because they can NOT think for themselves as they are programed like robots .

          1. bobnstuff says:

            All the democrats have to do is sit back and let the republicans do their own thing and from time to time have dinner with Trump and they win.

          2. Retired says:

            You are still in the left wing court as you keep proving what a good Demon Rat supporter you are .Soros and Schumer would be proud of you .

          3. bobnstuff says:

            So all those nice conservative republicans that spend all there time fighting with each other and calling each other names are going to run the country. The more crazy ultra right folk the put up for office the less they can get anything done. The democrats aren’t the enemy, it’s there own party. Leaders who can’t lead and followers that won’t follow. Maybe once they have finished they can give the party back to the adults in the room.

      3. Retired says:

        I think the Smog from the Steel Mills in his area got to him years ago .

      4. bobnstuff says:

        They learned from the Republicans although once they get power back the will know how to use it unlike the republicans.

    4. Retired says:

      Are you still living in the 8 years of Obama ???? Those 8 years sure worked great at screwing the Middle class , so that means either you are above or below them . Living in Pa. how is it you know so much about Moore other than what the Media feeds you ????

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Trump campaign against this man, Why? He has lost elections in his own state, Why? He got thrown out of office for not respecting the federal court ruling. He will not support he constitution. He might even lose the election to a democrat. The man is crazy. I guess that’s why you like him. As far as screwing the middle class look at Trumps tax plan.

        1. Retired says:

          Keep right on reading your left wing comic papers . As usual you put words in other peoples mouth . You did not complain when Obama and Billy Boy screwed the middle class ,why is that ???? So you must be with the lower class left wing . Do you have a problem paying 12% tax ,oh I forgot you bottom class pay no tax .

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Read the fine print in the tax plan. The breaks go to the very rich and everyone else will get the crumbs.

          2. Retired says:

            What fine print ,there is no bill just bull like you spread . You are such a media guppy .You swallow anything and everything they feed you

  • regulus30 says:

    Actually it was the DC rino [McConnell] candidate losing to the “we the people’s” candidate; Trump endorsed and has since deleted all his tweets supporting Strange; at the time Trump should have endorsed NO ONE, he was wrong in trying to make a deal with McConnell the feckless rino leading the do nothing Senate. Moore will help Trump in his agenda anyway.

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    2. maxx says:

      Trump did support Strange for the same reason he picked Reince Preibus; McConnell & Ryan fed Trump lies about Strange. Trump needs to stop listening to these two Rinos and listen to the people. The media as well tried to play it’s usual part supporting Strange. Trump needs to really learn, if the media and GOP supports something IT IS BAD. Moore has conservative Americans to thank for his partial victory not the party he ran under.

      1. regulus30 says:

        you are correct.

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    3. PatriotGal says:

      Nope, President Trump did the right thing as the leader of the Repub Party. He was obligated to support the incumbent. He proved his loyalty, knowing full well we Deplorables would DRAIN THE SWAMP‼️

      1. votedemout says:

        Do you actually believe he is going to support Jeff Flake????

      2. Pete says:

        Supporting any political party for the sake of the “party” is what has given us the $20 trillion dollar debt & bloated bureaucracy of Washington DC.
        Donald Trump functions on many levels & if anyone thinks he wasn’t aware of the likely outcome of that election well before the votes were cast, they are self deluded.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          It really went Perfect, Roy’s like Trump on many things and Luther was a yes man for the establishment!

    4. Tiger says:

      I won’t second guess Trump, every time I do he is right in what he did. Trump will help Moore also.

      1. Pete says:

        Way to go little sister, Our president is on our side & %99 of us (me included) aren’t fast enough to keep up with him.

        1. Tiger says:

          It was a win win for him. Seems he owed the guy a favor and kept his word. But he is fine with Moore.

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