Trump: Strange gained in polls because of my endorsement
President Trump on Saturday accused the so-called “fake news” media of failing to recognize that Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who was vanquished in a runoff election against GOP candidate Roy Moore this week, gained in the polls earlier this year after Trump endorsed him.
“In analyzing the Alabama Primary race, FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!” Trump tweeted.
In analyzing the Alabama Primary race,FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Strange, who was tapped to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February, lost a runoff election against Moore by nearly 10 points on Tuesday.
Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, had billed himself on the campaign trail as an anti-establishment Republican in the same vein as Trump, while Strange, who was backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.), was largely seen as the establishment pick.
Despite Trump’s claim, a poll released Monday – a day before the runoff election – showed that the president’s endorsement had little effect on the race between Strange and Moore.
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