President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership suffered a series of humiliating losses Tuesday, starting with the collapse of their Obamacare repeal efforts and culminating in the victory of Roy Moore-a pistol-waving Christian "theocrat" who believes communities in the United States are being overtaken by Sharia law-over the Trump- and McConnell-backed candidate Luther Strange in Alabama's special election primary. He threw his all behind Moore's candidacy to show that Trump's movement is attached even more to a rebellious right-wing ideology than it is to the president himself.
The runoff primary race was a nationally watched election, with many from President Donald Trump to Chuck Norris picking sides.
Moore's support, especially in rural parts of the state, outmatched odd and his endorsements by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Unusual was appointed to the seat in February after former Sen. Even though Trump had backed losing candidate odd, he reportedly told Moore, "I look forward to working with you".
The crowd at Moore's election party broke into loud applause as media outlets called the race.
Moore, meanwhile, drew support from Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and his secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson.
Moore was twice removed from the office of chief justice because of stands for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage. The president said last week at a odd rally that he thought Moore would have a harder time winning the general election against Jones. President Trump also offered his congratulations and good wishes to the victor Judge Roy Moore.
But his close ties to party leaders proved to be a liability with some voters, who questioned whether former Governor Robert Bentley appointed him to Sessions's seat in an attempt to avoid prosecution for a sex scandal. Luther Strange didn't bother most voters one bit. Trump, Strange said, may "be criticized" for coming to Alabama on his behalf. But Moore's convincing victory suggests that Bannon is channeling - and leading - a grassroots activist army on the right that should rightly scare the crap out of any Republican incumbent with any sense.
The special election to fill Sessions' seat is scheduled for December 12.
"Since the beginning of this race, I have focused on issues that matter to the people of Alabama: health care, jobs, and the economy", Jones said in a statement Tuesday night. In 2003, he was removed from office for disobeying a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse lobby.
Following his victory speech, he said how he supports the President and his cause in making America great again. Trump fretted the endorsement made him appear weak, cowed by an establishment that he'd openly rebuffed during his own campaign.
If his opponent (Roy Moore) wins, I'm going to be here campaigning like hell for him.
The last Democratic senator from Alabama was Howell Heflin, who retired in 1997, with Sessions succeeding him.
The Democratic National Committee also pounced on Moore as "the divisive candidate", and the national party already has sent fundraising emails to donors soliciting contributions that would be split between the DNC and the Jones campaign.
'I think that when he gets to know me that he'll understand that I do support a very conservative agenda for this country.
As the race continues, odd will return to the Senate, where he will serve until the December election.