January 24 2018

More GOP Voters See Themselves As 'Trump Supporters' Rather Than Republicans

January 24 2018, 01:50 | Van Peters

Brynn Anderson Associated Press

Brynn Anderson  Associated Press

Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Friday praised Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the state's contentious runoff, an apparent break with the president who is backing another candidate.

The pricey ad buy underscores the importance the Republican establishment is placing on saving Strange's job in the September 26 election against Moore, a former Alabama chief justice and prominent social-issue conservative who's attacked McConnell's leadership.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin - previously a vociferous supporter of Donald Trump - has claimed his anti-establishment candidacy is being "hijacked by the swamp".

Losing no ground after Trump's endorsement of Strange, Moore actually appears to have even more support today, with a Washington Post poll showing on Thursday that Moore is leading Strange now by 9 points.

"We want to make sure that the voters are well aware that a vote for Luther Strange is a vote for the status quo and the establishment", Beach said.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker urged the President to attend the rally and was considering joining him, but couldn't make it schedule wise.

Moore has also been endorsed by Congressman Mo Brooks, who finished third in the August 15 GOP primary.

Unusual asks the audience as he kicks off a joint rally with the president in Alabama, "Is he out of touch?" John McCain for opposing Republican efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. He was first removed from the state Supreme Court when he refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a state judicial building.

If Strange wins, McConnell will be bolstered and it will be more of the same inaction from the U.S. Senate.

Trump will be in the Yellowhammer State on Friday night to rally support for odd, whom he endorsed ahead of the August primary.

The victor of next Tuesday's GOP runoff will face Democrat Doug Jones in a December election to serve out the rest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' term, ending in January 2021.

Another possible outcome is nearly as bad for the Republican leadership: more Roy Moores and fewer Luther Stranges in the Senate would seriously complicate their ability to assemble a working majority.

Moore lashed out at the "elitist Washington establishment" he said is spending millions of dollars to elect unusual. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is now back running Breitbart News, and is using the outlet to try and put Moore over the top.

Most critically, the election will be a barometer of Trump's continuing popularity and influence in a state where almost two-thirds of voters supported him in 2016, one of the highest concentrations of support in the country. Or at best, they say, Donald Trump has made a bad judgment call. In 2016, he was suspended after instructing probate judges to continue enforcing the state's ban on same-sex marriage, in defiance of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized the practice nationwide.

Moore and Alabama, she suggested, could show him the way. Now that Trump is supporting unusual, however, some of the same folks say he's become part of the problem. But if Moore's insurgent campaign proves successful, it won't by Strange's for much longer. Unfortunately, the inept congressional leadership has not produced any major victories for the President or his 63 million supporters.

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