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>> President Donald Trump suffering an embarrassing setback on Tuesday as voters in Alabama choose conservative Roy Moore over Trump's pick for US Senate.>> I'll fight for the people of this state and of this nation who want to bring our country back to its greatness.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where republicans are rattled by the returns from Alabama, voters choosing more a Bible thumping firebrand.
>> Nothing can separate us from God.>> Over incumbent Luther Strange who Trump and Republican leaders argued would be a more reliable partner in the US Senate. Moore's victory a clear sign that the anti-establishment sentiment that Trump harnessed so effectively in last year's presidential election doesn't always work in his favor now that he's in power.
Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice best known for being kicked off the bench twice, once for refusing to remove a statue of the ten commandments from his courtroom, and a second time for defying the US Supreme Court on gay marriage. A colorful character who rides a horse to the voting booth and brandished a handgun on the campaign trail.
Moore says he'll support Trump, but promised to antagonize other Republican leaders with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon cheering him on.>> We can support the President, don't let anybody in the press think that because he supported my opponent that I do not support him and support his agenda.
>> Coming out on the losing end, Big Luther Strange, the former state Attorney General. 6'9" tall, a reliable Republican with powerful allies like Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who spent millions of dollars on his behalf.>> Big Luther
]>> Trump went all-in for Strange, holding one of his free-wheeling rallies on Friday night and raving about him on Twitter, to no avail.
Moore now faces Democrat Doug Jones in the December election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' seat, heavily favored in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992.>> This is the second defeat in a single day for Trump and McConnell after they failed yet again to roll back Obamacare.
They're still searching for their first big win on Capitol Hill, and with Moore in the Senate they'd have an even tougher time finding unity on difficult issues like spending and tax reform. That's why Trump campaigned against Moore, he wants reliable team players in the Senate, but in this case at least they seem more interested in sending a message to shake up the establishment.
That could spell big trouble for Republicans in next year's Congressional elections, as they might have to fend off other challenges from candidates like Moore who are willing to go up against the established order in their own party.