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 ShelbyJuan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins Five things to watch for in Trump-Putin summit GOP senators visited Moscow on July 4, warned Russia against meddling in 2018 election: report 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 StrangeCrowley surprise tops huge night for left Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Loyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party 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 SessionsRyan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families 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 McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Kent.), an establishment Republican declared an enemy by Bannon.