McConnell Doubts Moore Wins Alabama GOP Senate Primary

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Tuesday predicted that Roy Moore would not be the Republican nominee in Alabama's U.S. Senate race. "In all likelihood, the voters of Alabama are not going to need any advice from us," McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill. "I think they've seen quite enough of Roy Moore, and I anticipate we'll have a different nominee in the fall election."

McConnell cited a recent poll, showing Moore, the former Alabama chief justice, running a distant third among Republicans. "The people of Alabama have figured this guy out," McConnell said.

Moore faces a Republican field that includes Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, Rep. Bradley Byrne of Fairhope, and state Rep. Arnold Mooney of Indian Springs Village.

The incumbent, Doug Jones, is widely considered the most vulnerable Democrat running in next year's Senate races.

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