The RNC Renews Its Support For Roy Moore’s Senate Campaign

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At the urging of the president, the Republican National Committee has thrown its support behind Roy Moore.

After President Trump came out strongly Monday for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, tweeting, "Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama," the Republican National Committee soon followed suit.

At Mr. Trump’s direct urging, and to the surprise of some Republican Party officials, the national committee, which severed ties to Mr. Moore weeks ago, opened a financial spigot that could help Mr. Moore with voter turnout in the contest’s closing days.

Mr. Trump disregarded, and irritated, some of his more cautious advisers on Monday in prompting the R.N.C. to restore get-out-the-vote funds to Mr. Moore, according to one Republican in contact with the president. The Senate Republican campaign arm, which is controlled by Mr. McConnell, had no plans to offer financial help to Mr. Moore, officials said.

Trump's support for Moore thus far has been relegated primarily to attacking his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.

[T]he president’s preferred form of support for Mr. Moore has been to go after Mr. Jones, whom he criticized as a “puppet” of Democratic leaders in Congress. Electing Mr. Jones, he wrote on Twitter, “would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more.”

Republicans in general have seemingly softened their stance on Moore in recent days:

With the notable exception of Mr. Romney, many national Republicans seem to have shifted their approach: less active criticism of Mr. Moore and fewer threats of his swift expulsion from Congress, and more guarded comments, if any at all.