September 28, 2017

What Does Roy Moore’s Senate Primary Victory Mean For The GOP?

Roy Moore’s victory in the Alabama Republican Senate primary Tuesday appears to show Washington establishment Republicans are still not safe after President Trump’s insurgent 2016 candidacy.

“A stunning defeat for Mitch McConnell,” Roger Stone, a longtime Republican political operative, told The Daily Caller Wednesday about the election result.

Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange, who was endorsed by President Trump. Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, blamed presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for the endorsement, telling TheDC it was a “shameful” move by Kushner.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon also privately charged that Trump’s son-in-law was responsible for the endorsement, according to a Republican Alabama political operative. A White House official has denied that Kushner was involved with the endorsement.

Bannon contended that Kushner pushed Trump to endorse Strange in order to please McConnell, according to the Alabama source. Another source close to the White House said that it was the Senate Majority Leader himself who pushed Trump to back Strange.

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