The Decision Desk and the Associated Press have called the GOP primary runoff in Alabama for Judge Roy Moore.
Projection: Roy Moore wins the #ALSen R runoff. Will go on to face Doug Jones (D) in the general election.— Decision Desk HQ (@Decision Desk HQ) 1506474208.0
BREAKING: AP calls race for Roy Moore— Jonathan Hardison (@Jonathan Hardison) 1506475661.0
Also the Republican Senate Leadership Fund conceded the election very early.
BREAKING: Senate leadership fund released concession statement, congratulating Roy Moore on winning— Jonathan Hardison (@Jonathan Hardison) 1506474826.0
Senate Leadership Fund concedes before the AP calls it!!!! https://t.co/2mj8dzD5Yz— Ben Jacobs (@Ben Jacobs) 1506474728.0
"While we were honored to have fought hard for Big Luther, Judge Roy Moore won this nomination fair and square and he has our support, as it is vital that we keep this seat in Republican hands," the statement read.
Pundits noted that Luther Strange was losing badly even in districts where he was supposed to have a strong showing, which likely precipitated the early calls for the election winner.
Some see this as a defeat for President Donald Trump, as he endorsed Strange, considered the establishment candidate. Steve Bannon, his former White House adviser, said that a defeat would actually help Trump, as Moore is aligned to the "Make America Great Again" agenda more than Strange.
Moore will go on to the election against the Democrat candidate, Doug Jones, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.