Jones, Moore start next phase of US Senate race

Jones, Moore start next phase of US Senate race”

Republican nominee Roy Moore, meanwhile, already has the support of President Donald Trump.

When Sanders was asked on Thursday whether, in Trump's eyes, there were any beliefs a candidate could hold that would disqualify him from office, the White House press secretary refused to answer.

"We have a man who's going to be a great senator", the president said.

Although he endorsed the establishment favorite unusual, who was appointed to the position this year after Jeff Sessions resigned to become Attorney General, Trump quickly congratulated Moore on his victory and said he would be a great senator.

Strange, meanwhile, has been hobbled by his relationships with two people: McConnell, whose super PAC invested more than $10 million in helping him against Moore, and former Gov. Robert Bentley, who appointed Strange to the seat in February.

After returns were reported from Alabama on Tuesday, Trump removed several pro-Strange statements from his Twitter feed.

Moore's win stood as a rebuke for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed unusual. And I think that when he gets to know me, that he will understand that I do support a very conservative agenda for this country.

Trump had endorsed Luther Strange and tweeted that he'd been "shooting up in the Alabama polls since [Trump's] endorsement", reports Time Magazine. Trump tweeted early on Wednesday, referring to his "Make America Great Again" catchphrase.

"Roy Moore, where the phrase "Christian conservative" doesn't even begin to describe him", Todd said, "could very well be your next USA senator".

Mr Moore is now the heavy favourite for Alabama's special election in December against a Democrat.

US President Donald Trump's pick for Alabama's Senate race has lost the state's Republican primary to a firebrand Christian conservative. However, Strange was "loyal" to Trump, which ultimately led to the endorsement, but the president's still lashing out in anger.

The race was the stage for a proxy war of sorts between Trump and his recently ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who backed Moore.

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