Alabama Result Is a Massive Setback for Trump - Page 2
Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in historic victory for a Democrat in Senate race
Posted Dec 13, 2017 5:03 AM CST
- Worrying signs for the GOP. Moore was rejected by voters in the state's cities and affluent suburbs, which the New York Times sees as a trend that should worry Republicans, especially after a similar result in Virginia last month. African-American voters turned out heavily across the state, a sign that "the party's most loyal voters are fired up" ahead of next year's midterms. Exit polls showed that African-Americans, who make up around 25% of the state's population, accounted for around 30% of voters Tuesday, and more than 90% of them voted for Jones.
- The write-in factor. Jones won by a margin of around 1.5%, while around 1.7%, or 22,000 people, wrote in a name other than Moore or Jones on the ballot. Most of them are believed to have been Republicans who couldn't stomach voting for Moore, including Republican Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby.
- Bannon. The loss is a major blow to the former White House strategist, who supported Moore in the primary despite the opposition of the Republican establishment. "Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the president of the United States into his fiasco," said Steven Law, the head of the McConnell-linked Senate Leadership Fund super PAC.
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