The National Pulse

Moore Victory Sends Clear Message to McConnell, GOP Establishment

On Tuesday evening, Roy Moore rattled the Washington establishment as he claimed victory over Luther Strange in the GOP Senate primary in Alabama. Moore finished with 54.6 percent of the vote statewide, while Luther Strange tallied 45.4 percent.

The former chief justice of Alabama’s state Supreme Court, Moore has garnered an outpouring of support from Alabamians since he announced his candidacy in April. Moore also won the backing of many prominent conservatives — including Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Steve Bannon, and Laura Ingraham, to name a few — prior to the runoff election. And although President Trump sent tweets to Alabama voters encouraging them to vote for the incumbent Sen. Strange – whom he endorsed over Moore — the President warmly congratulated Moore via telephone call and on Twitter on Wednesday morning:

Moore spent his campaign persistently conveying to voters that he will do everything possible to challenge the establishment in Washington — a message which clearly resonated with many Alabamians. He also unapologetically stood by his faith, despite facing near constant criticism for combining his political views and judicial responsibilities with religion.

Nevertheless, polling shows that these qualities were likely an advantage for Moore. According to a Pew survey, 77 percent of adults in Alabama consider religion as a very important aspect in their life, and 50 percent of adults in Alabama consider themselves a conservative — data which substantiates Moore’s decisive victory over Strange and which bodes well for him moving forward.

As the campaign now turns to the general election, Moore’s past controversies will surely take center stage. The former judge has been removed twice from Alabama’s state Supreme Court: once in 2003 for refusing to remove a large monument of the Ten Commandments, and a second time in 2016 for instructing probate judges across the state to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. Moore considers both removals as battle scars in standing up for his values, and while they likely bolstered his anti-establishment image in the primary, it remains to be seen how they will affect voters in the general.

However, Moore’s victory this week over Strange at the very least proves that the anti-establishment voice — the same one that elected President Trump — is still alive and well among Republican voters. The general election, set for Dec. 12, between Moore and Democrat nominee Doug Jones will soon show what lies in store for Alabama and our nation.

Kyle Morris

Kyle Morris is a student at The University of Alabama and a regular contributor to

  • Great analysis. I do understand that Moore isn’t a fan of gay couples, yet there isn’t a single thing he can do about that in the Senate. Moore is over powered by the SCOTUS. I think he will do what’s best for this country.

    • Character counts, even in the senate. Moore would put gay people in prison. Americans deserve better than this unrepentant bigot. I doubt you would be his fan if he advocated putting Christians in jail.

    • “I do understand that Moore isn’t a fan of gay couples…”

      A fan? Sorry Doc, but you are minimizing murderous hate.

      And yes, the Senate does vote on several bills that impact gay citizens, including judges that directly impact us. Your vote puts this heinous monster in a position of power.

  • Roy Moore has repeated appeared on air with pastor Kevin Swanson, who advocates killing gay people in the name of religious liberty. When pressed, Moore refused to condemn Swanson’s murderous religious beliefs. This tells us much about Moore’s abhorrent morals as well as the direction the Republican Party is headed.

  • The clear message that the Moore primary victory sends to Republicans (and decent Americans) is that Alabama is ready to send an unapologetic totalitarian bigot into the Senate. Moore wants to imprison gay people. Moore would use the power of government to impose his version of state religion on people who don’t worship his wrathful god. He would use the brute force of the federal government to deny churches the right to perform legal same-sex marriages. Under Moore, Big Brother will regulate our personal lives. Moore has been removed from office because he believes he can break any law he doesn’t like.

    Alabama is poised to reshape the Republican Party into the totalitarian entity that would make Mussolini proud.

  • Pro-Confederate activists twice held events to commemorate Alabama’s 1861 secession from the United States at the headquarters of the foundation led at the time by Roy Moore, the new Republican nominee for US Senate.

    Speakers at the events included Franklin Sanders, who is a board member of the League of the South, an organization that advocates for a “free and independent Southern republic,” and Rev. Chuck Baldwin, who has written that he believes “the South was right in the War Between the States” and that Confederate leaders were not racist. Most academic scholars identify slavery as a central cause of the war.

    As I reported at the time, the League Of The South provided pro-Moore posters for the rallies that sprang up when Moore was last booted from the bench.

    In 2015 the group held an event to “celebrate” the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Shortly after Trump’s election, their president Michael Hill declared that Trump’s victory means a “stake in the heart” of Jews and minorities.

    This bigotry, according to Kyle Morris, is what “will soon show what lies in store for Alabama and our nation.”


  • Yes, republicans in the former slave-owning state of Alabama have voted for Moore, who supports imprisoning gay people. He blamed 9/11 on people who do not support his right wing religionist agenda. Republicans now own this heinous monster