Relive the hours after polls closed on the night Roy Moore beat Luther Strange

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The polls are closed and the results are in for the GOP runoff for a U.S. Senate seat.

The race between former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Sen. Luther Strange was declared a win for Moore.

Strange conceded the race at 8:40 p.m.

Moore will face Doug Jones, the Democratic Party’s nominee, in the Dec. 12 general election.

 

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Reports have Roy Moore already at his election night hq party. 

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You can get live elections results here, whnt.com http://whnt.com/2017/09/26/results-for-the-us-senate-special-election-primary-runoff/

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The last poll that I saw contained an especially odd snippet considering how much money the Strange campaign spent on ads: It showed Moore leading by 32% with respondents who said advertising had an effect on their votes. 

Poll also showed Moore up by 11%
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Latest count: Strange, 262 votes to Moore, 261 votes.  

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Strange’s lead has grown from 1 vote to 26 votes in our latest tally. 

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Strange’s 26 vote lead has evaporated, it’s now 491 for Moore; 384 for Strange, 56%-44%. 

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Latest #s shows Moore up 59%-41%

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So, 56-44 Moore, with 2% of the vote in. 

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In August primary Moore beat Strange by 6 points. But Mo Brooks — who endorsed Strange — got nearly 20 percent of the GOP votes while finishing third. 

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Strange now down 8%, still with 2% of the votes cast. 

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Seeing numbers that show Moore leading in Limestone County by 1,100 votes and 59% of precincts in. Limestone regularly mentioned as key barometer for race’s outcome. 

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We’re now showing Moore up 10%, with 5 percent of the votes in. 

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Limestone figures now even worse for Strange: Moore up 1,700 votes. 

Overall figures showing Moore with a 14% lead, 8% of the votes in. 

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Just glanced at tallies, Moore is leading in 28 counties, Strange in 5. 

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Lining up with previous … Moore up 16 points, with 11 percent of the vote in. 

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Pointed out elsewhere, so not original thought, but results have no Baldwin, Madison or Shelby county figures yet. Checked again, sorry, Baldwin shows Moore up by more than 500 votes. 

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Moore still up 16 points, now with 14 percent of the vote counted. 

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And, seeing that Moore won Limestone by nearly 2,000 votes. In August primary Moore got 2,972 votes, tonight, 6,231. Mo Brooks won the county in the primary, with 4k votes. 

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Haven’t seen any Madison County numbers yet, or Shelby or Tuscaloosa. Not much yet either from Mobile or Jefferson. Obviously board is going to have to tilt, a lot, for Strange to have a chance. 

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Pretty wild statement, below …

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Group who poured millions into race, has conceded. Senate Leadership fund, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  From our Kristen Conner. 

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I guess it’s an hour later in D.C., but still wonder if Senate Leadership Fund meant to concede so soon. 

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That said, Moore is up 16 points with 35 percent of the vote counted. 

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My count has Moore up in 29 counties, Strange in 3. 

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Strange up slightly in Madison Co., 42% of the vote in.

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Moore got just 19 percent of the vote in Madison County in the primary. Brooks won, Strange was second with 27 percent. 

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AP calls race for Roy Moore. 

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Understatement tweet of the night coming up … 

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So, AP calls it, Strange’s big money backer concedes. Actual totals are: Moore up 14 points with 49 percent of the votes counted. 

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In case you’re wondering … 

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Luther Strange leading Roy Moore in Madison County, by about 1k votes, with 56% of the votes counted. 

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Strange concedes. About to speak. 

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From Luther Strange:

U.S. Senator Luther Strange
released the following statement on the Republican primary run-off results:

 

“From the beginning of
this campaign, my priority has been serving the people of Alabama. Tomorrow I
will go back to work with President Trump and do all I can to advance his
agenda over the next few weeks. Melissa and I appreciate the many devoted
friends and family who have supported us over the past months, the many
Alabamians who have given us a warm welcome in every corner of the state, and
the brigade of volunteers who left it all out on the field in this
campaign. I am especially grateful for the support of President Trump and
Vice President Pence, as well as the strong example set by my friends Richard
Shelby and Jeff Sessions. I congratulate Roy Moore on the result this
evening. May God be with him and may God continue to bless Alabama and the
United States of America.”

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Luther Strange says political winds in the U.S. very hard to navigate. ‘We left everything out on the field.’ 

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Strange says he wouldn’t change a thing. Thanking supporters. 

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Strange, thank you for your votes, your kindness, in a very tough political environment. 

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Strange: Thank you to the people of Alabama. 

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Strange says his campaign did it “the right way.” Interesting, he was widely criticized for sea of negative ads against other GOP candidates. 

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Strange thanks President Trump. President took a chance, sure he’ll be criticized for coming down to campaign for me. 

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Strange calls Trump a loyal friend. Says fault always lies with the candidate. 

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Strange recalling Pence telling him last night that there are things bigger than a campaign.

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Strange calls Richard Shelby a great mentor. Shelby told him he’s never seen ‘anything like this.’ (I guess meaning political winds Strange referred to earlier)

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Strange says thinking about swirling passions of today, it’s nothing like the problems that the U.S. Senate has solved over history. Urges people to have confidence in the Senate. 

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Strange has new grandson, says was comfort to hold him during campaign. 

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Strange says his final thought, favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 19:21 

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Doug Jones, Dem nominee, says he’s looking forward to race against Roy Moore. Says people want leaders who can lead with integrity, follow the law. 

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Doug Jones says this is a race we’re going to win. 

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Jones: We’re going to have a lot of events coming up, you’ll see an incredibly active campaign by Doug Jones for Senate. 

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Moore crowd singing hymn, ‘How Great Thou Art’ 

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Roy Moore expected to make an appearance soon, no word when. 

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Our panelist David Person says Doug Jones will attack Moore on question whether he can follow the law. But says will be a challenge for Jones. Person says ‘judicial ethics’ bit of an esoteric concept for voters. 

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WHNT political analyst Jess Brown says Strange, 2 years ago, was in position to become state’s dominant political figure. Met with Bentley and squandered every bit of it (by accepting Senate appointment). Also says if Gov. Ivey had left election schedule in place, rather than moving it up, Strange would have won nomination. 

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Steve Bannon, former Trump chief strategist, says revolution is starting. Says $30m spent on politics of destruction, calls Moore one of finest people in the U.S. Says Alabama answered call, who’s sovereign people or money? People won. 

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Moore now taking stage. 

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Moore surrounded by family, including his 90-year-old mother. 

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Moore thanking staff. 

Madison County vote final tally: Strange 20,994 to Moore 19,612.

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Moore says Almighty God done more for his campaign than anybody. Says he never prayed to win this campaign, only that God’s will be done. 

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Moore: Best thing we can do is to put it in the hands of the Almighty. 

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Moore: Quoting Old Testament, Grass withered, flower faded, word of God is forever. Talked to Strange, who’s recognized that I’ve won. Talked to Sens. Paul, Lee, and Cruz. Together we can make America great. 

I support the President.  

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Moore: Have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution to the US Congress. Can’t make America great until we make America good. We are one nation under God. 

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Moore: God can still bring us back. We’ve been moved. 

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Moore says Constitution has been my life, swore oath at West Point fought in a war, fought in courts against liberal judges. 

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Moore: We can bring this country back to its greatness. This is a time for victory, time to remember struggles we’ve gone through. Time to rededicate ourselves to God

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Moore: And to this country. 

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With 82 percent of vote in, looks like Strange received 29k more votes than in primary. Moore has received 49k more votes than primary. They were separated by 25k in primary. Current margin is 45k lead for Moore. 

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Doug Jones has campaign message, starts fundraising on Twitter … 

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Roy Moore accepts Alabama GOP congrats … 

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Moore’s been up by 10 points for a while. Leads by 10 with 95 percent of precincts in. Moore’s got about 80k votes more than in primary, Strange picked up about 63k more. Moore won the primary by 25k votes over Strange. He added 17k to that lead. 

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So with 96 percent of the vote in, Moore still up by 10 points, 43k votes. 

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With 100 percent of precincts reporting:

Roy Moore — 262,204, 55%

Luther Strange — 218,066, 45%

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