Shelby after Moore loss: GOP 'dodged that bullet'

Shelby after Moore loss: GOP 'dodged that bullet'

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s new immigration plan faces uphill battle in Senate Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Bipartisan group of senators will urge Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks MORE (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that the Republican Party "dodged that bullet" when GOP candidate Roy Moore lost Alabama's special Senate election. 

"Roy Moore would have been very toxic, very controversial, and may have tried to become the face of the Republican Party," Shelby said at the Capitol, according to The Washington Post's Robert Costa.

"So we dodged that bullet.”

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Democrat Doug Jones pulled off an upset victory over Moore Tuesday night in the race to fill the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsNadler sends Whitaker questions on possible contacts with Trump over Mueller probe Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Martin, Bobby and the will to change MORE, ending a bitter contest marked by sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.

After allegations emerged last month that Moore pursued sexual and romantic relations with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, the Senate race grew unusually tight for reliably conservative Alabama.

Moore, who denied the allegations, garnered a reputation in Alabama as a staunch evangelical conservative, and vowed on the campaign trail to bring his brand of insurgent politics to Washington.

Shelby delivered a firm rebuke of Moore on Sunday, however, saying on CNN's "State of the Union" that he could not vote for the former Alabama Supreme Court justice and that his state "deserves better."

Jones's victory on Tuesday made him the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in 25 years.