Trump: I Was Right About the Alabama Senate Race

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 8:25 AM

President Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones Tuesday on his victory over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. 

“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. 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!” he wrote. 

But the president, who backed Moore’s primary opponent Luther Strange, wasn’t done commenting on the race, tweeting Wednesday:

“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!”

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones defeated Moore, 49.9 percent to 48.4 percent, making him the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the deep-red state of Alabama since 1992. There were 22,819 votes for a write-in candidate, or 1.7 percent. 

The seat was vacated when Jeff Sessions became attorney general.