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GOP senator: If Moore wins, more people like Bannon will follow

GOP senator: If Moore wins, more people like Bannon will follow
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Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyCornyn: We'll need at least one more stopgap funding bill Moore supporters fire back at Richard Shelby Disaster aid becomes hostage to funding fight MORE (R-Ala.) says that a potential victory for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the state's upcoming GOP runoff would prompt anti-establishment Republicans similar to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to "pop out of the woodwork" and sow discord in the 2018 midterm elections.

Shelby, the senior Alabama senator, told The New York Times that if Moore wins the runoff election against Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart MORE (R-Ala.) on Tuesday, the Senate seat would become vulnerable to a Democratic challenge. 

But if Strange wins, Shelby said, the incumbent would be sure to emerge victorious in the December election. 

“If Roy Moore wins, Bannon and all the other of those people will pop out of the woodwork everywhere,” Shelby told the Times.

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Bannon, who left the White House last month and returned to the helm of the conservative Breitbart News, is set to speak at a pro-Moore rally on Monday, alongside "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson. 

Moore, a controversial former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is running to unseat Strange, who was chosen earlier this year to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE.

President Trump endorsed Strange ahead of the state's GOP Senate primary in August. But Moore has won the support of Bannon, and has cast himself as a hardline conservative cut from the same cloth as the president.

Moore took first place in the Republican primary last month, finishing ahead of Strange. But neither candidate earned a majority of the vote, sending them to a runoff election, which is set for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Trump is campaigning for Strange. He attended a packed campaign rally for the incumbent senator in Huntsville, Ala. Friday night, and urged supporters to vote for Strange in a tweet Saturday morning.

Strange is also backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Kent.), an establishment Republican declared an enemy by Bannon.