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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 intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia Republicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South 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 SessionsMcCabe to sue Trump admin for defamation, wrongful termination Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos 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 McConnellRepublicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo 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.