Alabama Result Is a Massive Setback for Trump

Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in historic victory for a Democrat in Senate race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2017 5:03 AM CST
Updated Dec 13, 2017 6:33 AM CST
Roy Moore speaks at the end of an election-night watch party at the RSA activity center, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
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(Newser) – Roy Moore has refused to concede—but with all precincts reporting in Alabama, Democratic candidate Doug Jones appears to have won a historic victory in the state, which hadn't elected a Democratic senator since 1992. Moore's defeat, which came after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct, is seen as a massive setback for both President Trump and Steve Bannon, and a major boost for Democrats ahead of next year's midterm elections. A roundup of coverage:

  • A "stinging defeat." The AP describes the loss as a "stinging defeat" for Trump, whose decision to support Moore despite the misconduct accusations backfired "spectacularly." Trump, who won Alabama by 28 points last year, backed Moore's rival, Luther Strange, in the GOP primary, giving him the "dubious distinction" of picking wrong twice in the state.

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