Trump calls on Roy Moore to concede Senate race: ‘I think he should. He tried.’

Trump acknowledges that he needs Republican votes for his tax bill, but says ‘I think we’re doing very well.’

Democrat Doug Jones won the special election Tuesday by 20,715 votes in the unofficial count, and is expected to be sworn in next month. But Moore has refused to concede, saying the race is still close enough for a recount.

“I want to support the person running. We need the seat. We’d like to have the seat. I think we’re doing very well on the tax. We’ll see what happens,” he said.

Trump’s seamless transition from Moore to the tax bill now pending in a House-Senate conference committee was a recognition that Republicans need every vote they can muster to pass the bill before Congress adjourns for a Christmas break next week.  

Republican Luther Strange now holds the Senate seat that was vacated when former senator Jeff Sessions became Trump’s attorney general.

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