The Memo: Five takeaways from the Alabama run-off

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    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).


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