The Latest: Trump praises Moore in tweet after win

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on the Alabama Senate Republican primary (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Firebrand jurist Roy Moore says he’s received a call of support from President Donald Trump following his win the Alabama Republican Senate primary.

Trump backed Moore’s opponent Luther Strange, but has offered support for Moore in the general election.

Moore tells “Fox and Friends” that he supports Trump’s agenda. He says he beat Strange because people in Alabama “understand what I stand for.”

Moore’s win stood as a rebuke for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Strange. Moore says he would have opposed the latest Republican effort to overhaul “Obamacare,” calling it “socialized medicine at best.”

Asked if he will work with McConnell, Moore says he’ll work with anyone that “stands for a conservative agenda.”

7:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is calling jurist Roy Moore a “great guy who ran a fantastic race” after winning the Alabama Republican primary for Senate.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that he had spoken to Moore Tuesday night “for the first time.” In a reference to his “make America great again” slogan, Trump says Moore “will help to #MAGA!”

Trump and allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed Moore’s opponent Luther Strange in the race and Trump traveled to Alabama last Friday to stump for Strange.

A firebrand known for publicly displaying the Ten Commandments and opposing gay marriage, Moore consolidated support from a number of anti-establishment forces, including former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.


3:30 a.m.

Mitch McConnell is facing a rebuke from an Alabama Senate primary Tuesday night while President Donald Trump at least is dealing with some embarrassment after picking the wrong candidate.

The president and the Senate majority leader backed Sen. Luther Strange but Republican voters gave firebrand jurist Roy Moore the victory in a Republican primary runoff.

The result shows how the same outsider politics that propelled Trump makes it harder for him to navigate Washington now that he’s president.

McConnell now faces the prospect of other Republican challengers like Moore forcing uncomfortable Senate primaries in 2018. And the Senate leader already failed to keep his 52-seat majority together on a health care overhaul.

Next up are equally tough debates on taxes, immigration and the nation’s credit limit.

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Before the candidate came out to celebrate his victory, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon spoke to the crowd.

Bannon said Moore’s win was a victory for President Trump, despite the president’s support for Strange. President Trump says he will support Moore in the general election in December.

He also announced that Bob Corker was retiring from the Senate and the crowd applauded.

“As you all remember last night we talked about starting a revolution with Judge Moore’s victory well Senator Corker stepped down today he’s not going to run for re-election. You’re going to see in state after state people that follow the model of Judge Moore, that do not need to raise money from the elites from the crony capitalists from the fat cats in Washington DC, New York City, Silicon Valley. This campaign was outrageous. 30 million dollars spent against about 2 and a half, all in the politics of personal destruction against one of the finest men in this country, Judge Roy Moore.”

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