That decision was unfortunate. One vote is not worth the character of the Senate. I would have preferred the GOP to rally behind a write-in candidate with integrity.
This is a case where the President and the RNC should have played a longer game. They should have been willing to lose one battle to win the war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party.
President Trump tweeted his "congratulations" to Jones, adding "the write-in votes played a very big factor."
That's true. Jones captured more than 49% of the vote, compared to Moore's more than 48%, with write-in votes totaling almost 2%. Assuming, for the sake of argument, that the write-ins were for Republicans, Moore would have won.
But Republicans cannot overlook the fact that write-ins would not have been a factor if we had the right candidate in the first place.