EA CO AS wrote:
For Republicans, it may not seem like it, but this is probably a good thing. Moore was a VERY flawed candidate, and there was going to be a chance he would not have been seated even if he'd won, making the Senate a circus and adding oxygen to stories of sexual abuse scandals, like those that are being stirred up again around the President. The GOP can focus on getting Alabama in their rear view, let Jones finish out Sessions' term, and then focus on taking it back in the general election in 2020, during a presidential race in a very red state.
Absolutely. The ideological composition of the state hasn't changed a bit. The seat will almost certainly go Republican in 2020.
This is akin to Massachusetts sending a Republican to the Senate in 2010. Voter apathy, and in this case, fielding an absolutely disgusting scumbag of a candidate cost Republicans this seat. The silver lining is that the Republican base is more energized and this is a shot across the bow that they are not bulletproof after winning big in 2016. It'll drive conservatives to the polls in greater numbers next year to "make sure it doesn't happen again". The wild card is Trump, who is irrational and enough of a blowhard to rile Democrats to vote.