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 StrangeDems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart Scott joins Armed Services Committee 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 SessionsSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector 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 McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit 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.