Strange compares Moore to Todd Akin: 'An anchor around the neck of the party'

Strange compares Moore to Todd Akin: 'An anchor around the neck of the party'
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Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeMississippi is new headache for GOP in the South McDaniel makes GOP Senate challenge official in Miss. The Trump Presidency: Year One MORE (R-Ala.) on Monday likened Roy Moore, his opponent in the Alabama Senate race, to former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin.

"There are a lot of people that think my opponent would be a Todd Akin, an anchor around the neck of the party for the next couple years," Strange said in an interview with the Washington Examiner.

"I have to say, knowing him, that's probably a valid concern — it really is."

Akin, a Republican, sparked controversy in 2012 for his comments on rape.

If it's "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down," Akin said at the time.

He lost his Senate bid to Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats desperate for a win hail spending bill Koch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp GOP Senate candidate slams McCaskill over Clinton ties MORE (D-Mo.) after his remarks gained national attention. 

Strange, who is backed by President Trump, also told the Examiner that Moore has a "Democrat record" on the Alabama Supreme Court.

"He's got the liberal record in terms of rule of law," Strange said.

"It's really ironic that some conservatives are siding with my opponent, who really has no conservative accomplishments. What has he actually done for the conservative movement?"

Trump during a radio interview Monday said a GOP primary win by Moore would open the door to a Democratic general election win.

“Ray will have a hard time. If Luther wins, the Democrats will hardly fight. If Ray wins, [Democrats] will pour in $30 million," he said, repeatedly referring to Moore by the wrong name.

He reiterated that Moore will have a hard time getting elected against a Democrat.

"Against Luther they won't even fight," he said.

The primary is in its final hours as voters get ready to head to the polls Tuesday. The general election is Dec. 12.