Trump: ‘I Was Right’ That Roy Moore Could Not Win

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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President Donald Trump told his Twitter audience Wednesday morning that he had been right all along that Roy Moore could not win a general election U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

Moore fell to Democrat Doug Jones in the heavily Republican state Tuesday.

“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!” Trump tweeted.

But Trump also worked hard for Moore in the last few weeks leading up to election night. At a rally last Friday in Pensacola, Florida, the president urged Alabamians present to “get out and vote for Roy Moore” and he repeatedly endorsed the embattled candidate even as other GOP leaders distanced themselves from Moore. Trum recorded a phone message for voters that was transmitted last weekend.

Despite the loss, Trump sent his congratulations to the Democratic victor, tweeting that Jones had won a “hard fought victory.”

“The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win,” wrote Trump. “The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends.”

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