(Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)
By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Multiple news outlets and pollsters are calling today's runoff election for Roy Moore. Moore seemed confident early on; referring to his election night watch party as a "Victory Party" shortly after the polls closed.
The New York Times called the race for Moore around 8:30 pm with 66 percent of the vote in (1,500 of 2,286 precincts). At the time of this report, Roy Moore had received 158,010 (56.4%) compared to Strange's 121,913 (43.6%) statewide, a difference of 13.2%.
The race was anticipated to be closer, but incumbent Senator Luther Strange fell hard to former Chief Justice Moore; likely losing by a wider margin than the August primary (6.1%). This despite lots of outside help for the appointed senator. The last month has seen millions spent by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch Connell, and campaign style rallies by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence shortly before election day.
With all precincts being reported in DeKalb County, 3,886 votes (58.8%) went to Roy Moore compared to 2,728 (41.2%) for Luther Strange, giving Moore a 17.6% margin of victory. Moore also appeared to be winning in all surrounding counties.