Skip to comments.Sen. Luther Strange will face conservative jurist Roy Moore in Alabama GOP runoff
Posted on 08/15/2017 7:45:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Republican voters here put a bitter Senate campaign into overtime, forcing Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) into a runoff with conservative jurist Roy Moore for the right to represent Attorney General Jeff Sessionss old seat.
Strange was endorsed by President Trump, the National Rifle Association and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells super PAC, which spent $2.5 million on TV ads to boost him in Tuesdays primary. That helped push him past Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), saving national Republicans from an embarrassment in a unique mid-summer election marked by low turnout.
Democrats, who have not won a Senate race in Alabama since 1992, nominated former U.S. attorney Doug Jones over a field of fringe candidates, according to a projection by the Associated Press.
On the Republican side, Moore, with nearly 41 percent of the vote, was in first place with about two-thirds of votes counted. Strange was in second with 32 percent and Brooks was in third with 20 percent.
Stranges second-place showing despite his incumbent status served as a slim victory for Trump and Senate leaders but with an asterisk. After a tumultuous day during which Trump seemed to defend white supremacists who participated in a protest in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend that left one woman dead, Strange now faces the challenge of needing to continue to court Trumps supporters during a six-week runoff even as the national appetite for aligning with the president has diminished.
As Strange arrived at a crowded Republican victory event here, there was little worry in the hotel ballroom, at least that the presidents stumbling responses to Charlottesville would become a runoff problem. Conservatives, they said, would continue to back Trump over his critics.
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“Strange now faces the challenge of needing to continue to court Trumps supporters during a six-week runoff even as the national appetite for aligning with the president has diminished.”
Sheep and goats, people.
I suspect that most of the Brooks voters will support Moore in the runoff.
Mo should endorse him, and Roy Moore should help Mo Brooks unseat Dick Shelby.
Yep. I wanted Mo but now I will vote for Moore.
Time to money bomb Judge Moore!!
I hope everyone remembers how Big Luther Strange got his senate appointment.
The state investigation into Bentley came to a head with Bentley’s resignation on Monday after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors related to misuse of state and campaign funds. And with the release of state investigative findings. the timeline around Strange’s appointment has become clearer:
On Oct. 20, 2016, Strange’s office issued a press release clearing former ALEA Director Spencer Collier of any wrongdoing. But the impeachment committee’s report, released Friday, outlined more than 100 pages of possible impropriety by Collier.
On Nov 3, 2016, Strange called on the House impeachment committee to suspend its work because of a “related” investigation and the committee granted that request. Five days later, Donald Trump was elected president in a stunning upset and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions was widely expected to join the administration, which was announced on Nov. 18.
On Feb. 9, Bentley announced his decision to appoint Strange to succeed Sessions, who had been confirmed as attorney general by the Senate the day before. Strange, on the day he was appointed to the Senate, declined to confirm such an investigation of Bentley existed.
On Feb. 15, Steve Marshall, who was appointed by Bentley to replace Strange as state attorney general, recused himself from the ongoing Bentley investigation and appointed a special prosecutor, Ellen Brooks.
Less than two months later, the impeachment committee - which Strange requested suspend its work — released its scathing report that resulted in Bentley’s resignation, which also included a guilty plea to two misdemeanor charges.
“It looks awful,” said Perry Hooper Jr., a finalist for the senate job that went to Strange. “It does. It looks awful. I understand why so many Alabamians are upset. It just looks bad - period.”
I also hope everyone in Alabama will recall how/when Big Luther paid his campaign girl....
Conservatives need to ignore Trump’s endorsement and vote for Moore.
Mo Brooks did well in Huntsville, but Luther Strange only won around five counties with three clearly suburban business type RINO areas around Birmingham and Mobile.
Roy Moore won most counties in the state with only three still not counted including a suburban Montgomery county and two more rural ones.
“Luther Strange?” This man really went through life with that name? There must be a Marvel comic hero with that name.
Isn’t there another RINO Brooks can challenge now that he has more name recognition?
Did Trump back Strange because he would be the weaker candidate against Moore?
I like your thinking!
That's a helluva pretzel you've twisted yourself into, Washington Post.
I think Luther Strange dated Sparkle Plenty for a short time — until she found out that Turtleman McConnell supported him.
can you hear?.. can you Read?...Can you see?
The author “seems” to have the intelligence of a box of rocks....a Big box!!!
going there now.....maybe someone could post a link?
Weigel, one of the Wash. Post’s “hitmen” (others being A. J. Dionne and the vile Dana Milbank). “Hitwomen” are Dvorak and Sullivan.
Can’t imagine Brooks not endorsing Moore and his voters not voting for Moore. They did not trash each other.
And their votes combined crushed The Strange One tonight.
And if McConnell and the Barbours try to pull the same stunt on Moore
like they did on McDaniel in MS, it will drive more voters to Moore.
Wikipedia I think tried to diss Roy Moore who commanded a Military Police unit in Vietnam after he came out of West Point.
The guys thought he was so gung ho so the story goes that they called him “Captain America”.
“Captain America” versus “Luther Strange”.......