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Significance of the Alabama Special Election for US Senator

I suspect that there are very few people in the U.S. apart from Steve Bannon and Donald Trump who are really upset by the outcome of the recent special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate. 

The winner, Doug Jones, the Democrat, is likely to be a short term problem for Republicans. If Republicans in Alabama can muster the good sense to nominate a more moderate, and less tainted candidate, they should easily recapture the seat at the regular election.

If Roy Moore, the Republican, had won he would be an albatross around the neck of the Republican Party for his term in office and beyond. Now, he will likely be forgotten in short order. While his vote might have helped them given their narrow majority in the Senate, his presence in the party would have made life far more difficult for Republicans up for re-election in 2018. If the Republicans had nominated Luther Strange, a more main line Republican, they would have a won the election and avoided the albatross.

Democrats are, understandably, jubilant about the outcome. Jones, a fairly center of the road liberal, is right of center in the current Democratic Party. He is the kind of candidate the Democrats must field to have a hope of winning elections. If they had nominated someone more appealing to the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren wing of the party, Roy Moore would be in the US Senate.

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