Trump: Strange gained in polls because of my endorsement

Trump: Strange gained in polls because of my endorsement
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President Trump on Saturday accused the so-called "fake news" media of failing to recognize that Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Cruz’s Democratic challenger fundraises off support of Roy Moore Moore digs in amid mounting GOP criticism MORE (R-Ala.), who was vanquished in a runoff election against GOP candidate Roy Moore this week, gained in the polls earlier this year after Trump endorsed him.

"In analyzing the Alabama Primary race, FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!" Trump tweeted.

Strange, who was tapped to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCurtis wins Chaffetz's former Utah House seat Overnight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny FBI can’t unlock Texas shooter’s phone MORE in February, lost a runoff election against Moore by nearly 10 points on Tuesday.

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Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, had billed himself on the campaign trail as an anti-establishment Republican in the same vein as Trump, while Strange, who was backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Kent.), was largely seen as the establishment pick.

Despite Trump's claim, a poll released Monday – a day before the runoff election – showed that the president's endorsement had little effect on the race between Strange and Moore.