Last Updated Sep 26, 2017 11:35 PM EDT
Conservative Roy Moore beat the President Trump-supported Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican special election runoff for the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press.
Strange’s defeat is widely considered a blow to the president and a win for many of the most conservative members of his base.
Moore tweeted that the establishment was “defeated” Tuesday night. In his victory speech, Moore emphasized bringing the country back to God, and unifying the country under God.
Former chief Trump strategist Steve Bannon introduced Moore at his victory party, saying a vote for Moore was a vote for Mr. Trump. Moore also indicated his support for the president.
“Don’t let anybody in the press think that because [Mr. Trump] supported my opponent that I do not support him,” Moore said.
The president congratulated Moore on his primary win, although he did not respond to shouted questions from reporters Tuesday night. Mr. Trump deleted some tweets he had written in support of Strange after Moore’s win.
Strange made it clear that — while he believes he ran a good campaign — the president is in no way to blame for his loss.
“I’m not going to lose any sleep tonight. We did the right thing, we did it the right way,” Strange said in his concession speech.
Strange thanked Mr. Trump for taking a chance on him.
“That’s what loyal friends do,” he said.
Strange said he takes “full responsibility” for his loss, and it isn’t the president’s fault.
The Alabama Secretary of State’s website was so inundated with traffic that it all but crashed the site, after polls closed at 8 p.m. EST. According to The New York Times’ election results, Moore had 56.7 percent of the vote with 53 percent of precincts reporting,, compared to Strange’s 43.3 percent.
Moore will run against former U.S. Attorney Democrat Doug Jones in the December general election to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions. Alabama’s disgraced governor appointed Strange to the position, and he will remain there…