Political world reacts to Roy Moore’s victory in contentious Alabama primary runoff

From Donald Trump to the Democratic National Committee, the political world reacted quickly to Roy Moore’s primary runoff victory on Tuesday night.

Moore, a former judge who was removed from the state Supreme Court after refusing to remove the Ten Commandments, beat current Sen. Luther Strange by about 10 percentage points on Tuesday. Strange had received support from Trump, while Moore was supported by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former Alaksa Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans largely struck a supportive tone, even though Trump himself had endorsed Strange, who had been named to the position after Jeff Sessions took over as the president’s attorney general.

The vice president also sent his congratulations to the victor.

Republican support also came from the national committee via chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

“Congratulations to Roy Moore on his victory tonight,” said McDaniel in a statement. “The people of Alabama are united behind the conservative agenda Republicans are championing in Washington. This message of support for President Trump and his agenda will be loud and clear when the people of Alabama head to the polls again in December.”

A number of Republican senators sent their congratulations, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose support for Strange ended up being an albatross for the candidate.

“I would like to congratulate Roy Moore on his victory in Alabama tonight. He ran a spirited campaign centered around a dissatisfaction with the progress made in Washington,” McConnell said in his statement. “I share that frustration and believe that enacting the agenda the American people voted for last November requires us all to work together. We look forward to Judge Moore’s help enacting that agenda when he arrives. Senate Republicans will be as committed to keeping Alabama’s Senate seat in Republican hands with Roy Moore as we were with Luther Strange. I urge all of our friends who were active in the primary to redouble their efforts in the general election.”

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