Roy Moore speaks Tuesday night after winning the Republican primary run-off election against Sen. Luther Strange. / Source: WBRC video
WASHINGTON D.C. – Republicans who campaigned against Roy Moore in the special election primary, sometimes bitterly, are now voicing support for the former Alabama Supreme Court justice as he moves on to the election in December.
President Donald Trump, who personally stumped in Alabama for Moore’s run-off opponent, Sen. Luther Strange, last week, tweeted, “Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!”
Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence, who visited Birmingham on Monday on Strange’s behalf, also took to social media, "Congratulations Roy Moore! We are thrilled you ran on the #MAGA (Make America Great Again) agenda & we are for you!"
Congratulations Roy Moore! We are thrilled you ran on the #MAGA agenda & we are for you!
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) September 27, 2017
The Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee connected to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also pledged its support for Moore, after spending an estimated $7-9 million campaigning against him, often through attack ads.
In a statement Tuesday evening, SLF President Steven Law wrote, “While we were honored to have fought hard for Big Luther, Judge Roy Moore won this nomination fair and square and he has our support, as it is vital that we keep this seat in Republican hands.”
In his concession speech, Strange offered these words:
“I congratulated Judge Moore. I’ve already talked to him on the phone, just to wish him the best. We’re both Republicans who care very much about this country, who care very much about this state, and we wished him the best going forward, as he faces the next challenge.”
Moore will face off against Democrat Doug Jones in the general election Dec. 12.
On Tuesday evening, Jones made his own statements about the Republican primary in a speech in Birmingham. He offered nothing to his upcoming opponent, but said to Strange, “Louise and I wish Luther Strange and his family well as he continues to serve the people of Alabama during his remaining time in office.”
Unofficial Run-Off Election Results
- Roy Moore: 6,845 votes, or 60.15%
- Luther Strange: 4,535 votes, or 39.85%
- Over votes: 1
- Under votes: 9
- Roy Moore: 247,553 votes, or 54.89%
- Luther Strange: 203,435 votes, or 45.11%
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