Sep 25, 2017

Trump predicts "Ray" Moore will struggle in Alabama Senate race

President Trump says he doesn't know much about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (right) on Monday. Photos: AP

President Trump says he doesn't know much about Roy Moore, and seemed to unwittingly emphasize the point by twice referring to the Republican front-runner for Senate in Alabama as "Ray" during a radio interview on the "Rick and Bubba Show" ahead of Tuesday's primary, per Politico. Moore is up against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who Trump has publicly endorsed.

"Luther Strange is going to be a great senator. He loves Alabama, he loves the states and he loves the country," Trump said Monday, according to AL.com. "He will absolutely win against the Democrat. Ray will have a hard time. If Luther wins, the Democrats will hardly fight. If Ray wins, [Democrats] will pour in $30 million."
  • An 0ptimus poll given exclusively to Axios showed Moore leading Strange by 11%, despite 86% of voters knowing Trump endorsed
  • Whoever wins the primary will be up against Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
  • At a rally for Luther Strange in Huntsville Friday, Trump said despite thinking Moore "has a very good chance of not winning" he will "campaign like hell for him" if he beats Strange.
  • But Trump is still confident Strange will prevail: "I'm 5-0 in these races," he said. "I want to make it 6-0."

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

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By the numbers: More than 98,900 people have died from COVID-19 and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 384,900 Americans have recovered and more than 14.9 million tests have been conducted.