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The Alabama Election Is a Referendum on the GOP's Future

The candidacy of Roy Moore pits the Republican Party’s populist insurgents against its establishment—with national implications.
Source: Brynn Anderson / AP

For all the national attention that’s been paid to the grisly particulars of Alabama’s special election over the past few weeks—the lurid details of the sexual-abuse accusations against Roy Moore; the performative shrieks of “Fake News!” from the candidate and his defenders—the true political consequences of the race will likely reach well beyond a single Senate race in 2017.

In fact, many Republicans in Washington believe the voters who are heading to the polls

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