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Moore defeats Strange, secures GOP nomination in Senate race

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson). Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson). Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Roy Moore has defeated appointed incumbent Luther Strange in the Republican primary runoff in Alabama's special Senate election. The polls closed at 7 p.m., and the AP called the race for Moore at 8:24 p.m.

Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in the general election on Dec. 12.

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The anti-establishment vote was heard loud and clear across the state. Moore greeted his supports saying he didn't pray for this victory - he prayed God's will would be done. Moore's victory is echoing across Washington. He had already heard from several Republican senators Tuesday night. 

The Senate Leadership Fund, which backed Strange, was the first to call the race for Moore, saying in part "Judge Roy Moore won this nomination fair and square and he has our support."

Despite millions spent against him in negative ads, Moore vowed not to run a negative campaign.

Moore tweeted this Tuesday night after the race was called:

Moore addressed his supporters at his campaign party after securing the win: 

The Alabama Republican Party congratulated Moore on  his victory, saying "we will put our full forces and large infrastructure behind Judge Moore as we focus on winning the general election. The seat that Jeff Sessions held so honorably for twenty years will continue to be a Republican seat."

Strange had what you would normally want to see in a candidate - millions of dollars in support, the backing of groups like the NRA, and the support of the president, but it wasn't enough. Strange said the blame for his fall was him as a candidate, not the people who supported him. He spent his concession speech saying thank you. Watch here:

Strange released this statement shortly after the race was called:

"From the beginning of this campaign, my priority has been serving the people of Alabama. Tomorrow I will go back to work with President Trump and do all I can to advance his agenda over the next few weeks. Melissa and I appreciate the many devoted friends and family who have supported us over the past months, the many Alabamians who have given us a warm welcome in every corner of the state, and the brigade of volunteers who left it all out on the field in this campaign. I am especially grateful for the support of President Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as the strong example set by my friends Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions. I congratulate Roy Moore on the result this evening. May God be with him and may God continue to bless Alabama and the United States of America."

The president even came to Alabama for a rally for Strange in Huntsville last week. The president said this on Twitter Tuesday night:

Doug Jones held a watch party at his campaign headquarters in Birmingham. He is urging the people of Alabama to remain focused on the issues of this race.

Jones' campaign released this statement:

"Since the beginning of this race, I have focused on issues that matter to the people of Alabama – health care, jobs, and the economy. Unfortunately, there has been little discussion about those issues in the bitter race of the last few weeks. These are not Democratic issues. These are not Republican issues.

The people of Alabama deserve a senator who will put aside partisan rancor and address the real needs facing the people of this state. I understand the importance of bipartisanship. A Democratic president appointed me U.S. Attorney and I was confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate."

Secretary of State John Merrill projected a low voter turnout Tuesday - about 12 to 15 percent.

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