- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

President Trump acted uncharacteristically like a conventional politician Tuesday evening on Twitter, with his first words reacting to the defeat of Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race being congratulations to the victorious Democrat.

“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win,” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter.

With more than 99 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Jones led by 11,000 votes, while more than 22,000 Alabamians wrote in a candidate — presumably because they found the two candidates on the ballot unacceptable.

Still, Mr. Trump was optimistic about the Republican chances in the deeply conservative state when the seat comes up in the 2020 election cycle.

“The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” he wrote.

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