5 Reactions to 'Ten Commandments Judge' Roy Moore Winning GOP Primary Runoff

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(Photo: Reuters/Marvin Gentry)Republican candidate Roy Moore makes his victory speech after defeating incumbent Luther Strange to his supporters at the RSA Activity center in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. September 26, 2017, during the runoff election for the Republican nomination for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore won the GOP primary runoff election on Tuesday, defeating establishment candidate Sen. Luther Strange.

Over the years, Moore has garnered controversy from the left for his socially conservative views, including the placement of a 5,200 pound granite Ten Commandments display in the rotunda of the state judicial building in the early 2000s, and his recent opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama.

The runoff primary race was a nationally watched election, with many from President Donald Trump to Chuck Norris picking sides.

Here are five reactions to Moore's victory on Tuesday night. They include his Democratic opponent, political commentators, and the President of the United States.

President Donald Trump

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(Photo: Reuter/Yuri Gripas)U.S. President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to speak positively of Roy Moore, even though previously the commander-in-chief had endorsed Moore's opponent.

"Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help to #MAGA!" tweeted Trump.

Trump also deleted past tweets expressing support for Luther Strange, including one that said Strange was "tough on crime & border" and "will never let you down."

"ALABAMA, get out and vote for Luther Strange – he has proven to me that he will never let you down," read another deleted tweet, as reported by aol.com.

Family Research Council

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(Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council leads the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance at start of the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016.

The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council celebrated Roy Moore's primary election victory as their political action committee arm, FRC Action, had already endorsed Moore.

FRC Action President Tony Perkins said in a statement released Tuesday that "Moore's victory will echo throughout the country and help bring an end to the Senate's trail of broken promises."

"Alabama voters are sending a clear and unmistakable message to Washington: 'We want an end to business as usual,'" said Perkins.

"Judge Moore was elected because he is a promise keeper who will stand up for our Constitution. I congratulate Roy Moore and look forward to working with him on important issues in the U.S. Senate."

Doug Jones

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(Photo: Facebook/Doug Jones for Senate)Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones of Alabama.

Democrat Doug Jones, Roy Moore's opponent in the Dec. 12 election, released a statement late Tuesday evening in which he bemoaned what he believed was a lack of focus on issues like healthcare and the economy.

"The people of Alabama deserve a senator who will put aside partisan rancor and address the real needs facing the people of this state," said Jones, whose statement did not mention Moore by name.

"Even though I was not on the ballot today, our campaign has been building momentum for weeks with hundreds of volunteers signing up to join our effort, Republicans reaching out to us throughout the state, and our campaign just finishing our strongest week of fundraising."

Stephen Stromberg

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(Photo: Reuters/Tami Chappell)Alabama Superior Court Justice Roy Moore pauses before addressing his supporters outside the Alabama Judicial Building where a monument of the Ten Commandments was put in place by Moore and in which he has refused to take down, August 21, 2003 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Stephen Stromberg, columnist for The Washington Post's "Postpartisan" blog site, argued in an opinion piece that Roy Moore's victory was a loss for America.

Stromberg said that Moore "is still almost certain to beat Jones" but claimed that he "would make an unusually toxic addition to Washington."

"Unburdened by a sense of responsibility or institutional tradition, Moore will have opportunity to use the considerable powers that individual senators possess to mangle the process of government," wrote Stromberg on Tuesday evening.

"Roy Moore stands for anarchy, disorder, disunity and conflict. His platform just got higher, and his power more considerable. Every minute he is in a position of national prominence, the country loses."

Josh Barro

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(Photo: REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)President Donald Trump greets Senator Luther Strange during a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama on Sept. 22, 2017.

Josh Barro, senior editor at Business Insider, published a column on Wednesday morning arguing that Roy Moore's victory attested to people's mistrust of the GOP establishment.

Barro called on readers to "forget about Moore ... for just a moment" and posited the question of "why anyone would have voted for Luther Strange."

"Strange stood as an avatar for two things: a Republican political establishment in Alabama and one in Washington, neither of which has much to offer voters," wrote Barro.

"... it's hard to figure out what the case for Strange was besides 'he's not crazy like Roy Moore.' As we saw in 2016, 'my opponent is unacceptable' isn't necessarily a winning argument, in a primary or a general election."

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