On The Tuesday the victory of Moore, a former state judge who believes Christian biblical morality should invalidate federal court decisions, made the entire Trump government face reality that the conservative, grass-roots anger will continue to roil the party into the 2018 midterm elections. With a history of facing suspension twice as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange who was strongly supported by both Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Now a front-runner to win the seat in a December 12th general election, Moore now stands against Democratic candidate Doug Jones, a former US attorney in Alabama. The victory infuses fresh life into conservative opponents and a validation of their efforts to replace the current leadership of the Republican Party with a more populist crowd. After spending heavily to defeat Moore, the blow was the third to McConnell thereby denting his image as an implacable political chess master. Earlier he had to call off a vote on the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare as he failed for the third time to gather 51 votes in the Senate. Hours later, McConnell's ally, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker announced of not seeking reelection in 2018 thereby giving anti-establishment conservatives another seat to aim to win.
Moore's supporter and former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon stated that the victory indicated the populist national conservative movement as on the rise. He and other insurgent activists may now try unseating Republican incumbents in Arizona, Nevada and Mississippi. The defeat of Strange in Alabama has put pressure on the Republican Party fundraisers and dashed their hopes to beat back anti-establishment largesse. Moore has emerged as the first Senator since 2014 to emerge victorious after facing opposition from the Republican leadership and the US Chamber of Commerce. The impact of Strange's loss on Trump is still unclear since both candidates propagated president's 'Make America Great Again' slogans. In the Friday rally, while Trump supported Strange, he also stated that he would support Moore aggressively if he won the primary.
In the last leg of the campaign, Moore faced attack worth over $5 million from the political committee aligned with McConnell. Voters in the state complained of receiving daily direct mail pieces attacking Moore with few disconnecting their phone numbers ultimately to block the repeated calls. The local business community also launched anti Moore campaign under the umbrella of the US Chamber. But Moore fought back with support of a loose grouping of anti-establishment conservative activists like Bannon, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson and several others. However, his campaign differed from all in making the supremacy of a Christian God over the US Constitution as the main rallying point of his campaign. As a judge, he had lost his job for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse. He describes homosexual conduct as 'an inherent evil' and admitted in his campaign that he does not believe in the scientific theory of evolution.
In the senate, Moore will likely emerge as a direct challenger to the leadership of McConnell. Moore plans to oppose the Senate practice of the 60 votes mandate to approve any legislation on the Senate floor and stated of seeking the impeachment of federal judges who defy his view of God's supremacy over the US Constitution. He supports military deployment to the Mexican border and opposes the new Cassidy-Graham bill as it was not conservative enough.