McConnell on Moore victory: I share your frustration with Washington
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (R-Ky.) congratulated Roy Moore on Tuesday night for his win against Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State 'certificate of need' laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE in the GOP runoff for Alabama's open Senate seat, saying that he shares Moore's frustration with Washington.

The statement marks an about-face for McConnell, who pushed hard for Strange to beat Moore in the primary. Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with McConnell, spent heavily in an effort to elect Strange, and Moore repeatedly slammed McConnell during the campaign.

"I would like to congratulate Roy Moore on his victory in Alabama tonight. He ran a spirited campaign centered around a dissatisfaction with the progress made in Washington. I share that frustration and believe that enacting the agenda the American people voted for last November requires us all to work together," McConnell said in a statement.

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Moore, a former chief justice of the state's supreme court, ran a vehemently anti-establishment campaign that appealed to grassroots GOP voters and supporters of President Trump, who backed Moore's opponent.

The judge was ahead by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin when the race was called. The former judge will now run in the general election in December for the rest of the term left open by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings MORE

"Senate Republicans will be as committed to keeping Alabama's Senate seat in Republican hands with Roy Moore as we were with Luther Strange. I urge all of our friends who were active in the primary to redouble their efforts int he general election," McConnell said.