RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Alabama election: ‘Candidates do matter’

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said one of the takeaways from the GOP defeat in Alabama earlier this week is that good candidates are important.

“I do think there are some lessons: candidates do matter,” McDaniel told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday. “You do need good candidates. We need to let the voters make that decision.”

The RNC withdrew its support for embattled GOP candidate Roy Moore and canceled a canvassing event for him after the Washington Post reported that four women claimed Moore had pursued sexual and romantic relations with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18, while he was in his 30s. Other women came forward afterwards.

However, the RNC got involved with the Senate race again in early December after President Trump officially endorsed Moore.

Moore, who denies the sexual misconduct charges against him, refuses to concede the Senate race after Democrat Doug Jones was declared the victor. Moore has called for a recount.

The race between Moore and Jones was close. Jones received 671,151 votes, and Moore received 650,436. A total of 22,819 ballots were cast for write-in candidates.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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