Moore's loss is a blow to Steve Bannon – who backed Moore and tried mightily to carry him through multiple credible allegations of sexual assault, in which more than a dozen women alleged that when he was in his 30s, Moore made unwanted sexual advances towards them, in some cases aggressively. One girl was as young as 14 at the time. Moore, with the help of Bannon and the Breitbart Media apparatus, continues to deny these allegations.
His loss is also a blow to Donald Trump. Trump backed Moore's opponent, Luther Strange, during the primary – at the urging of Senate leader Mitch McConnell. Once Strange lost to Moore, Trump quickly realized he was actively shunning his own base – which in Alabama delivered him 62% of the vote – and started to move towards a full-throated endorsement of Moore. But a long road of scandals and sexual assault allegations that reminded the country of the similar allegations against Trump himself, postponed Trump's endorsement until the final weeks of the race. Ironically, many believe Trump's endorsement – which Moore had been seeking since the primary – ended up being the death nail in Moore's coffin, since it was just the boost Democrats needed to get their own voters out for Jones.
Any number of factors could be seen as the "final blow" to Moore's campaign, but as of Wednesday morning, Moore himself still refuses to cede the race, urging his supporters to "realize when the vote is this close, that it's not over." Moore added that he would "wait on God and let this process play out."
But, while Moore sits around waiting for a literal miracle, Trump is trying to walk back his support for Moore in an "I-told-you-so" moment that must have Mitch McConnell giddy.
The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017