Moore’s loss may be GOP’s gain
Alabama voters shocked the rest of the country on Tuesday. Scandal-plagued Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, lost to Democrat Doug Jones by some 20,000 votes. It’s the first time in decades that Alabama has elected a Democrat to Congress and Moore should have had smooth sailing. But the accusations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl back when he was in his 30s turned off enough Republican voters to overcome even the support of President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.
The loss of a senate seat cuts the GOP majority in the U.S. Senate to one vote. It’s a vote the GOP hates to lose, but in the long run, this election may be beneficial.
Many Republicans despised the idea of Moore and his baggage, which include his ultra-conservative views, winning a Senate seat. They thought he would be the equivalent of a pair of cement overshoes in the 2018 midterm elections. Moore winning in Alabama for the GOP could have meant losing a lot more races in November.
It is still going to be a tough task for the GOP to keep their edge in Congress is November, but at least they won’t have to make apologies for Roy Moore.