Roy Moore Crushes Establishment Opponent in GOP Senate Runoff

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(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore trounced incumbent U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, and embarrassed President Donald Trump and especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in Tuesday’s special-election Republican primary runoff for the remainder of the Senate term left open by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

'Ten Commandments Judge' Roy Moore Headed for Senate Runoff Election

Roy Moore

Moore won by 9.2 percentage points, a virtual landslide, even though Strange had been backed by $9 million from a McConnell-affiliated political action committee, plus $4 million in official campaign money of his own – plus the enthusiastic, repeated endorsements from Trump in a state Trump himself had carried handily last November. By contrast, Moore received little outside financial help, and ran his own campaign on less than $2 million.

Strange had been appointed in a controversial fashion by disgraced then-Gov. Robert Bentley, who was under criminal investigation by Strange’s office (and others) at the very same time Strange sought the appointment. Reports also were rampant that McConnell and his political team threatened serious political reprisals against any candidate who ran against Strange and to any political consultant who worked for any opponent of Strange.

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But Moore has a powerful organization of his own, one based on churches and social media, and thus almost completely immune from Washington power brokers. Moore himself had been evicted twice from his job as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, once for fighting federal court orders concerning a Ten Commandments monument and once for fighting federal court orders regarding marriage licenses for homosexuals. But many Alabamans repeatedly told pollsters that they saw Moore not as an ethics offender but as someone who fell on his sword for principle.

Many national populist-conservative leaders had bucked Trump and McConnell, endorsing Moore instead. Among them were former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, and radio hosts Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Steve Deace.

This was a runoff for the Republican nomination, after Moore led the first primary with 39 percent of the vote to Strange’s 32 percent and several other candidates splitting the rest.  Both of the two other major contenders, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks and state Sen. Trip Pittman, also endorsed Moore in the runoff, with the conservative Brooks having endured particularly strenuous attacks from Strange and from McConnell’s PAC.

Brooks’s campaign consultant Jordan Gehrke released an analysis of Tuesday’s results calling Moore’s huge victory “a stunning rebuke to Mitch McConnell and the Washington establishment…. Our polling told us Alabama Republicans were deeply hostile to Mitch McConnell.” He reported that some 56 percent of respondents said McConnell’s endorsement made them less likely to vote for Strange, while only 11 percent said it made them more likely to do so.

PREVIOUSLY: Alabama Senate Favorite, Judge Roy Moore, Floats McConnell Ouster

In sum, Gehrke said, McConnell and his team “threatened people, they wasted money, and they misled President Trump into thinking this race was close.” Gehrke said the result is this: “Tonight’s victory for Roy Moore was not simply an isolated incident: the Alabama Senate race will now become a playbook for conservative outsiders across the country. They now know that if they put Mitch McConnell on the ballot, they can beat him.”

Moore now faces Democratic nominee Doug Jones in a December general election. The only major public poll matching Moore and Jones, taken two weeks ago, showed Moore with a narrow four-point advantage at the time.

 

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  • daveveselenak

    Praise the Lord – one for the good guys!

    • Jon Blake

      Both of them are.

    • The Redhawk

      and a STRONG HINT for Mitch Mc Turtle to GIVE IT UP ” family or Health reasons” and RETIRE!!!!

    • WhiteFalcon

      The general election hasn’t come and gone yet. I hope Moore wins, but as Yogie Berra has famously said, “It ain’t over ’till it’s over,” and it ain’t over yet.

    • Mark Lewis Brecker, Esq.

      OBVIOUSLY YOU THINK THE DEMS ARE “THE GOOD GUYS” [or you don’t recognize the inevitable consequences of this].

      • daveveselenak

        I guess that your saying his COMMUNIST opponent will win – nada!

        • Mark Lewis Brecker, Esq.

          YOU’RE UNDOUBTEDLY CORRECT, DAVEVESELENAK, IF YOU LIMIT IT TO ALABAMA [but Moore makes it a closer situation, and I like him; he spoke at a synagogue where I had been its president]. HOWEVER, WHEN IN SWING STATES PEOPLE PERCEIVED TO BE SIMILAR TO HIM WIN PRIMARIES, THE DEMS WILL TAKE THE GENERAL ELECTION.
          GIVEN THE PLACES WHERE THERE ARE RACES AND THE # OF VULNERABLE DEMOCRATS, THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY OF GETTING “THE 60”. THANKS TO THE MOOREs [and voters stimulated but not looking at “the long run”] THIS WON’T HAPPEN [and we could wind up with a Schumer-Pelosi double whammy!].

  • Louie Rey

    This is interesting. Steve Bannon was interviewed about this election just yesterday and he said that Roy Moore would be an even stauncher defender of President Trump even though the President backed Luther Strange. What this tells me is that regardless who’d win Trump and his agenda was still going to be backed by the winner. I guess you’d say that’s a win-win situation for President Trump.

    • backtofront

      Seems that the President was listening to the wrong people when he advocated for Strange. Hope this is an eye opener for him.

      • Jon Blake

        Both would be supporting Trump that’s the important thing.

        • backtofront

          Maybe, but for swamp draining we need to pick as many true Conservatives as possible. Anything less is subject to being lured my the swamp dwellers.

        • Gerry Costa

          I wouldn’t bank on that. if Strange is an associate of mcconnell’s, i would assume he would be trying to undermine Pres. Trump’s agenda just like mcconnell and ryan.

          • Joel Morris

            Correct.

          • Jon Blake

            Moore was the Judge who decided to have the 10 Commandments removed from the courthouse in Alabama . (Im surprised that wasn’t brought up during the campaign)

    • nocbsfan

      As someone reiterated a few minutes ago, Trump just could have back stabbed the news media thinking he was for Strange so the news media would back Moore looks like it worked. The President is a smart guy!

      • Askjrsk

        Certainly that is true President Trump is brilliant.

        • Gerry Costa

          Like someone explained to me Pres. Trump is playing 3 tier chess while the demoTRASH/rinos and libtards are playing checkers.

          • Askjrsk

            Exactly.

        • nocbsfan

          He just may have the news media so tangled during next years election , they will bad mouth Soros

        • Danwrlca

          Brilliant in your KKK circles! Not to us in Seattle.

          • Askjrsk

            Idiot!!! stay in your own zone.

          • Askjrsk

            How rude you tool of Satan. God says to be wary of those coming in His name. Wolves in sheeps clothing that is you. Disrespecting our country our president . I have plenty of family in Seattle Christian’s Catholics patriots all pray for and thank God daily for our president Donal Trump. Stay in your own hate circles . Do an AA on your hate.

          • Askjrsk

            Hate free zone. Take your hate elsewhere

          • Danwrlca

            This is the most hateful “zone” on the I-net! You people worry so much about what other people do! How about leaving people free to do what they choose!

          • Askjrsk

            Try getting a job. Take night classes. Accusing people of being KKK, jusylikr Hitket did and having believed you have earned the right to tell others how to think and what to do that’s Nazi control and manipulate. You are hate defined. You are a fascist. We see through your propaganda and Alinsky tactics. Hater you third reich Nazi.

          • Danwrlca

            Get a job? I’m a retired Federal employee. I don’t need to work! Pulled the plug at 60 with over 35 years in, and I even get to double-dip! Civil service and Social Security. Thank you! I support ONLY the Democratic Party. Still active in my labor union, by the way!

    • Dan

      Strange would not have backed Trump or his agenda, he is a RHINO in disquise .

      • Louie Rey

        I’m not really that familiar with him but I thought I heard on one of the political shows that he was one of his first backers and also supports the wall. I could be wrong. Well, if you ask my wife I’m always wrong.

    • Suzu M

      Yeah,I was confused by all that.

      • Louie Rey

        Well, like I said, as long as it ends up being a win-win for Trump and his agenda is all I care about.

  • Gary Von Neida

    Thank GOD.

    • George L. Rivera

      I live in SC and I supported Judge Moore since I learned what had happened to him because he defended the display of the Ten Commandments. I am glad he won. I prayed he would. Glory to Jesus.

      • Suzu M

        Moore reminds me of Mad Dog. He just doesn’t back down.

      • Gary Von Neida

        Those without GOD (Communists) hate the ones that Love GOD. Screw Them .

  • donald l

    black millionaires need to give all that money to the poor black not give lip to the nation give away your money to the poor support them hire them give them jobs pay for there school stand up make a stand for the homeless black save them you have the money use it

  • marcus J

    I may back our President ,But in this case he backed the wrong Horse , Judge Roy Moore was the better choice by far , A true Conservative that refuses to compromise his Principles , Not a Establishment RINO Republican that we wished we could get rid of in his second term

  • BIG STAN

    THE PATRIOTIC PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN,AND SO IT WILL BE AT ELECTION TIME FOR ALL THE SWAMP RATS TO ABANDON SHIP AND FIND A NEW PL;ACE TO HIDE. NO LONGER WILL THE PEOPLE ALLOW THESE SCUMMY POLITICIANS TO RULE THE ROOST. IT IS FOR THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE WHAT AMERICA SHOULD BE,NOT THE ELECTED OFFICIALS. PEOPLE OF AMERICA WILL PREVAIL.

    • George L. Rivera

      Politicians forget that they elected to represent the will of their electorate, not the their own.

    • Danwrlca

      We up north will turn both houses BLUE and send you KKK racists back to the toilet where you belong!!!

      • bytheway4

        danwrica, the democrats own the KKK. So you are wrong there.

        • Danwrlca

          That’s like the GOP calling themselves “The Party of Lincoln”! If Lincoln were alive today, he’d be a Democrat. But, modern day GOP has taken control of racism and the KKK.

  • whistlepigger

    So, I wonder how much money McConnell will dump into the campaign to get the D elected.

    • Kurt

      That is an excellent point.

    • Jon Blake

      Given tract record of Alabama Voters McConell wouldn’t succeed anyway he cant crack this Red State.

      • Danwrlca

        Here in Seattle we are ultra-blue progressive liberal and we won’t allow you KKK members to rule the roost! Screw your red state ideologies! They sure ain’t American values!

    • Joel Morris

      As we have seen, it won’t work.

  • Jon Blake

    Now its more important they stop Democrats from stealing the seat vacated by Session.

  • RealAmerican407

    This could be the match that lights the wildfires. Let’s hope it encourages others to step up and challenge the swamp in other states! #MAGA

  • Cleavis Nowell

    Glad Roy Moore won for neo-con “Looter” Strange would have been just as bad for America as the average “looter” democrat.

    • Richard J. Garfunkel

      They are both Republicans, conservatives, and worthless. Strange was an adulterer, who was promised a job to save another GOP brigand, who was Governor, and was forced from his position. Moore has been removed twice. What a worthless, hypocritical crew! As for “Big Luther,” who is also quite “strange,” it has been reported that now US Senator, and former Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange has engaged in a lengthy extramarital affair with his former campaign manager. Jessica Medeiros Garrison divorced Tuscaloosa city councilman Lee Garrison in October 2009, roughly one year before Strange won his race for attorney general. Their son, Michael Lee Garrison, was born on March 27, 2007. The Garrisons became entangled in a protracted court battle over custody, and Luther Strange’s name plays a prominent role in that case. Strange has been married to his wife, Melissa, for more than 30 years, and they have two sons. In a 2010 campaign video, Melissa Strange talks at length about her husband’s integrity and his determination to “do what’s right.”
      But, what excites the far right, is the issue regarding his appointment by disgraced Governor Robert Bentley. Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed his state’s then-attorney general Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate, after Strange’s office had begun looking into a scandal that eventually led to the governor’s resignation, Bentley apparently considered it a good thing that he would get to name a new attorney general, according to Bentley’s archived notes obtained by The Associated Press. Strange’s appointment to fill Sen. Jeff Sessions’ seat came as Bentley faced an impeachment investigation by state lawmakers for the fallout of an alleged affair with a staffer. Strange had asked for a pause in the impeachment investigation so his office could do “related work.”
      As Strange seeks election to a full Senate term, he has been dogged by criticisms for accepting the interim Senate appointment from a governor overshadowed by scandal. Bentley’s handwritten notes from interviews with finalists for the Senate appointment show that he ranked finalists in several categories, including what he called the “trickle-down effect.” While he didn’t explain the term in his notes, which were turned over to the Alabama Department of Archives and History with other documents.
      But Bentley’s decision came under immediate scrutiny because Strange, as attorney general, might be investigating the second-term governor for impropriety related to an affair he had with a top political adviser that became public last year. Strange neither confirmed nor denied whether the probe ever took place. “We have never said in our office that we are investigating the governor,” the attorney general-turned-senator told reporters in Montgomery moments after Bentley, who stood nearby, announced his appointment. “And I think it’s somewhat actually unfair to him and unfair to the process that that has been reported out there.”
      Of course, the reason the public was concerned because Strange last fall wrote a letter urging the Alabama House Judiciary Committee to halt an impeachment inquiry it had launched into the governor’s actions “until I am able to report to you that the necessary related work of my office has been completed.” Neither Strange nor his office has expanded on what the “necessary related work” might entail, and Strange on Thursday said the letter “speaks for itself.”

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    A rino bites the dust, let’s keep the ball rolling.

  • Askjrsk

    President Trump could not lose. This is all good for President Trump. Definitely a loss for Mitch and the Swampettes. Strangely, Strange seems to be more of the John McCain two faced, stab you in the back at fist opportunity kind of operator.

  • Askjrsk

    You’re going to be late for church service. Better you get going.

  • OldSilk

    Just remember that the Democrat candidate is the former US Attorney for the northern district of Alabama, appointed by the Clintons, undoubtedly well heeled by the Clintons, the Clinton machine, those who backed the Clinton machine rise to power, the DOJ 0webama people who donated to the Clintons, International money, Hollywood money, Soros money.

    • Mountain_Dew_518

      Roy Moore will still walk all over the DemonRat candidate.

      • OldSilk

        We hope.

  • Gerry Costa

    Great job Alabamans — Congradulations !!!!! I still can’t understand why President Trump campaigned for someone associated with mcconnell. I for one am glad you didn’t listen.

    • Mountain_Dew_518

      Thank-You all Alabama!!! We got rid of Don’t Tell the Truther Luther. Hope he stays gone. We know that he was appointed by Corrupted Bentley probably to keep from testifying against him and to stop the impeachment of Bentley. They both should have been in prison along with Clintons, Omaggots, etc…

  • Well, that’s a good lesson to Trump to not compromise with the denizens of the swamp to try and gain some favors. Let’s hope the Swamp will soon know Judge Moore as “The Hanging Judge” when it comes to them and their evil ways.

  • colleen

    Good for him. Congrats.

  • BIG STAN

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! I AM SURE THAT WILL HAPPEN AS SOON AS YOU SEE PIGS FLYING.

  • Dan

    One more to help drain the swamp!

  • Fed up!

    McBitch McConnel your next, term limit for you. You piece of 💩

  • Joe Sam

    another victory you go guys OLD VET

    • Mountain_Dew_518

      Bout time to get rid of don’t tell the truther Luther. Crooked Luther and we in Bama have known it for a mighty long time.

  • Gregg Parker

    A great man! I hope he pulls that gun out on the Senate floor and makes McCain dance!!

  • Richard J. Garfunkel

    Drain the Swamp! What a joke! Moore is totally bonkers and As for “Big Luther,” who is also quite “strange,” it has been reported that now US Senator, and former Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange has engaged in a lengthy extramarital affair with his former campaign manager. Jessica Medeiros Garrison divorced Tuscaloosa city councilman Lee Garrison in October 2009, roughly one year before Strange won his race for attorney general. Their son, Michael Lee Garrison, was born on March 27, 2007. The Garrisons became entangled in a protracted court battle over custody, and Luther Strange’s name plays a prominent role in that case. Strange has been married to his wife, Melissa, for more than 30 years, and they have two sons. In a 2010 campaign video, Melissa Strange talks at length about her husband’s integrity and his determination to “do what’s right.” But, what excites the far right, is the issue regarding his appointment by disgraced Governor Robert Bentley. Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed his state’s then-attorney general Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate, after Strange’s office had begun looking into a scandal that eventually led to the governor’s resignation, Bentley apparently considered it a good thing that he would get to name a new attorney general, according to Bentley’s archived notes obtained by The Associated Press. Strange’s appointment to fill Sen. Jeff Sessions’ seat came as Bentley faced an impeachment investigation by state lawmakers for the fallout of an alleged affair with a staffer. Strange had asked for a pause in the impeachment investigation so his office could do “related work.”
    As Strange seeks election to a full Senate term, he has been dogged by criticisms for accepting the interim Senate appointment from a governor overshadowed by scandal. Bentley’s handwritten notes from interviews with finalists for the Senate appointment show that he ranked finalists in several categories, including what he called the “trickle-down effect.” While he didn’t explain the term in his notes, which were turned over to the Alabama Department of Archives and History with other documents.
    But Bentley’s decision came under immediate scrutiny because Strange, as attorney general, might be investigating the second-term governor for impropriety related to an affair he had with a top political adviser that became public last year. Strange neither confirmed nor denied whether the probe ever took place. “We have never said in our office that we are investigating the governor,” the attorney general-turned-senator told reporters in Montgomery moments after Bentley, who stood nearby, announced his appointment. “And I think it’s somewhat actually unfair to him and unfair to the process that that has been reported out there.” Of course, the reason the public was concerned because Strange last fall wrote a letter urging the Alabama House Judiciary Committee to halt an impeachment inquiry it had launched into the governor’s actions “until I am able to report to you that the necessary related work of my office has been completed.” Neither Strange nor his office has expanded on what the “necessary related work” might entail, and Strange on Thursday said the letter “speaks for itself.” I’ll include my old piece on Judge Roy Moore.

  • Conservative mama

    Maybe the tide is changing………….maybe there is hope for America…………..maybe this is the start of a moral revolution………maybe the swamp is being drained……..maybe we’ll become a nation under God once again where integrity reigns…………..maybe.

  • Alphonso Tate

    Mr President the people spoke .

  • Alphonso Tate

    READ YOUR HISTORY Danwrlca SEE WHO THE THE DONKEYS BEEN ALIGNED WITH THRU OUT HISTORY.

  • Richard J. Garfunkel

    I wrote this in 2003 about Roy Moore, one of craziest nuts to ever be on any court in the land. Who knew that the idiots of Alabama would keep this guy in the public arena. Hopefully the smart people of Alabama will elect his opponent Dog Jones.
    Alabama Judge and the 10 Commandments, a Response
    2003

    I sure hope that you do not believe that the removal of Alabama’s Chief Judge was symbolic of the problems inherent in America today, or a hypocritical reaction to a “patriot’s” valiant effort to bring reason, justice and good habits back into the lives of the people who visit his former courthouse? Judge Roy Brown, all political prejudices aside, is a dope. His actions, subsequent protest, failure to obey an order, and conduct reflect moronic and, in my opinion myopic and foolish judgment. Whether “In G-d We Trust” and the block of granite with the 10 Commandments is comparable or incomparable is totally irrelevant. We have many small and large inconsistencies rife throughout our society. Why anyone, in his/her right mind, would sacrifice his career, livelihood, and future, for an issue that is not even debated or even cared about by 95% of the “well-meaning” people of the right or the left astounds me. In most cases his act alone should disqualify himself from any further activities that involve the use of “judgment.” We have recognized grudgingly or not grudgingly over the centuries that we do not believe in the “state establishment of religion, or its support.” Religion, in this country, has intelligently evolved from our non-religious deist-type founders, to be a “private” pursuit, not encumbered or fettered by the state.

    Personally, I believe in G-d, and I consider myself a G-d-fearing person. I do not believe that the 10 Commandments are a horrible document or even a controversial set of guidelines for our or any society’s laws to be based upon. But it is clear that he flaunted the “Establishment Clause”, it is clear that there has been rulings supporting the “Establishment Clause” forever and it is clear that he fought the wrong battle at the wrong time for the wrong reasons.

    If his reasoning is that “bringing G-D, the 10 Commandments or any other Judeo-Christian teachings into a more prominent place in our secular society or government will make a positive difference,” I believe that he is really on a fool’s journey. My sense is that America has immense problems that cannot even be addressed by added “state” encouragement of spirituality. Though in my heart I wish people were more willing to follow the “golden rule” and all that it entails and implies.

    In regards to America, I can say with complete conviction and belief, that the scandal regarding pedophiliac abuse that the Church has condoned, covered-up and paid hush money in the millions to silence, has dwarfed any of the church/state arguments that have come along. On top of that, our corporate culture of greed, avarice and profligacy has done more to corrupt America than any loss of church going or religious icons could accomplish. Putting symbolic representations of religious commandment in public places may seem like an intelligent step towards reminding society of its eventual reward for misconduct. But all in all, when a great historical institution of moral rectitude engages in consummate hypocrisy involving our most vulnerable citizens, then we, as a society must really start to worry about moving backwards towards the old European model of state and religious marriage.

    I do not attempt to know the answers of why in our society, where there is still very heavy church/synagogue attendance, in comparison with the rest of the western world, that our murder, rape, felony, embezzlement, stock and accounting manipulation, price-fixing, and child abuse rates are so much, higher.

    All in all, the Judge is out of a job, out of a career and still a dope! http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/27/politics/who-is-doug-jones/index.html