Roy Moore celebrates runoff victory with supporters

Roy Moore victory

After a heated battle to the finish line, Alabama’s former Chief Justice Roy Moore is celebrating victory Tuesday night as he officially became the Republican nominee in the special election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat. Riding a wave of rural, conservative support Moore defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange by 9.2 points.

Alabama election results
Alabama GOP primary runoff election results. Sept. 26, 2017.

The Moore campaign took to Facebook following the results to thank the judge’s supporters.

“Because of you, tonight, the establishment has been defeated in Alabama! We still have a ways to go before December 12th’s general election, and the road certainly doesn’t get easier, but with YOU, the best grassroots army of supporters around, I know we can take on anything together!” the post read.

Moore now advances to the Dec. 12 general election where he will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones. The winner of the race will take over the seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the remainder of his term.

Watch Moore’s victory celebration below: