The Alabama upset gives Democrats a path to reclaim the Senate and House

Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore exits after casting his vote at the polling location setup in the Fire Department on December 11, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama.

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Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore exits after casting his vote at the polling location setup in the Fire Department on December 11, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama.

The factor unique to Alabama is easy to dismiss. In Roy Moore, Republicans saddled themselves with a candidate facing credible allegations of child molestation. Even with the endorsement of President Donald Trump, who beat Hillary Clinton in Alabama by nearly 2 to 1 in 2016, Moore’s baggage proved too heavy a burden for the Republican campaign horse to bear.

But other influences in that hotly contested race will reverberate across the electoral landscape. And they now jeopardize the GOP majority in the Senate as…

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