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