President Trump and the GOP establishment took a hit in Alabama on Tuesday as former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) to become the Republican nominee for December’s Senate general election in the Yellowhammer State.
Moore won a comfortable victory, despite Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) backing Strange.
What were the main takeaways?
Trump backed the wrong man
Trump’s support for Strange always seemed incongruous.
Strange was seen as a creature of the establishment, both because he had the support of McConnell and because he had been appointed to the seat in the first place by Alabama’s scandal-plagued former governor, Robert Bentley (R).