US President Donald Trump is defending his decision to initially back Senator Luther Strange against Roy Moore in Alabama's senate election.
"I was right!" the President said in a pre-dawn Twitter post on Wednesday, a day after Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Mr Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice who was buffeted by allegations of sexual misconduct.
He noted in his social media post that the reason he originally sided with Strange was that "I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election."
Mr Trump also added: "Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him."
The President had sent a tweet late Tuesday congratulating Jones, a former federal prosecutor, on his "hard fought victory."
He also said the loss shows the need for his party to "put up GREAT Republican candidates".
Mr Jones' victory will narrow the Senate Republican majority to 51-49. His term lasts until January 2021.
Reuters / Newshub.