Bannon orders Breitbart to go after Trump-backed Alabama candidate: report

Bannon orders Breitbart to go after Trump-backed Alabama candidate: report
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Breitbart head Steve Bannon ordered editors at the far-right website on Tuesday to step up its overwhelmingly negative coverage of Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Crowley surprise tops huge night for left MORE (R-Ala.), President Trump’s pick in the Alabama GOP Senate run-off, CNN reported.

Bannon, who previously served as Trump's chief strategist in the White House, had already come out in support of former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who is leading Strange in the polls. Trump endorsed Strange and will travel to Alabama on Friday to campaign for him.

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Breitbart news editor Matthew Boyle reportedly told reporters that "the only story that matters until next week is Alabama."

"As of now, everyone is working on the Alabama race. If anyone has any questions please let me know,” Boyle wrote in a Slack message to staffers obtained by CNN.

Bannon, Boyle and Breitbart spokespeople did not return CNN’s requests for comment.

At least six stories about Moore were featured on the Breibart home page as of Tuesday evening.

Bannon has stepped up his attacks against the GOP establishment since leaving the White House last month.

The former senior Trump aide declared “war” against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) in a "60 Minutes" interview earlier this month.

McConnell is also backing Strange in the special election to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Session.

Moore led Strange by 8 points in a poll released earlier this week.