McConnell on Moore victory: I share your frustration with Washington
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRand Paul blocking Trump counterterrorism nominee On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal Congress is going to make marijuana moves MORE (R-Ky.) congratulated Roy Moore on Tuesday night for his win against Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeTrump: 'I could pick a woman,' and she could be accused of misconduct Ann Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost 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.


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 SessionsCongress is going to make marijuana moves Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill Bill to protect Mueller blocked in Senate 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.