Wi Democrats hopeful, most Republicans quiet after Alabama

Ron Johnson

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Democrats are hopeful the defeat of Republican Roy Moore in Alabama means voters are turning against the GOP and those with close ties to President Donald Trump.

Wisconsin Republicans, meanwhile, have been largely silent since Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday night.

Gov. Scott Walker and Republican U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson were all silent on Twitter following the Moore loss. All three had called for Moore to drop out of the race.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson did speak briefly to NBC News and was asked what message Moore's loss sent. The Republican replied, " Alabamians didn't want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls."

Democrats have tried to tie Nicholson to Moore given that both are supported by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and Nicholson is backed by a donor who also supported Moore. 

The Wisconsin Democratic Party tweeted, ``A lot of Republicans lost tonight, but perhaps no one so badly as'' Nicholson.

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