Senate Leadership Fund, which backed Luther Strange, now staying out of Senate race

Submitted on 9/27/16
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( — The Senate Leadership Fund, which spent almost $5 million to get Luther Strange elected to the Senate, won't be doing the same thing for Roy Moore.

That is, unless Democrat Doug Jones emerges as a threat to upset Moore in the Dec. 12 election in a state with a stronghold Republican electorate.

"This is Alabama, not New York or California," SLF spokesman Chris Pack told in an email. "Democrats would first need to demonstrate this is an actual race before anything is considered."

Contacted by, the Jones campaign had "no comment" on the SLF statement, according to spokesman Sebastian Kitchen.

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