Roy Moore Wins Senate G.O.P. Runoff in Alabama
On Dec. 12, Mr. Moore will face Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor and the Democratic nominee, in a race that will test the party loyalties of center-right voters who may be uneasy about their nominee. It may also reveal just how reliably Republican the state has become in the quarter-century since a Democrat last won a Senate election here.
Mr. Jones said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that he was preparing to fight the general election around “kitchen-table issues” like health care, as well as questions of character. Without naming Mr. Strange or Mr. Moore, he alluded to their political baggage, arguing voters were fed up with politicians who have “their own personal agenda, whether that’s a corrupt agenda, or whether that’s just an agenda that is out of step with the people of the state.”
“People are tired of being embarrassed in this state,” Mr. Jones said. “People want to see someone who can get things done.”
But Mr. Moore, 70, has proved himself to be a political survivor since he first rose to prominence. He has been effectively removed from the State Supreme Court twice — the first time in 2003 over a statue of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, and the second over same-sex marriage licenses.
And in recent days, both the president and Vice President Mike Pence have campaigned for Mr. Strange. Mr. Trump, an enormously popular figure in Alabama, visited the state on Friday, casting aside the tradition of presidents treading carefully in contested primaries, as well as the warnings from his own advisers that he was putting his persuasive powers on the line for a candidate trailing in the polls.
Yet instead of delivering a tightly crafted testimonial, the president rambled for nearly an hour and a half about a range of topics, while openly questioning whether he was making a mistake coming into the state for Mr. Strange, who oriented his entire campaign around Mr. Trump’s endorsement and stood looking on with a red Make America Great Again hat atop his head.
Mr. Strange’s defeat was the first time an incumbent senator with active White House support has lost since 2010, when the Arlen Specter, the longtime senator of Pennsylvania, was beaten in a Democratic primary after switching parties.