But this Bannon confidant said that McConnell would still be unpopular with Republican primary voters, a weapon still available to Bannon in midterm primaries regardless of the outcome in Alabama. Indeed, McConnell is unpopular with the conservative grassroots, a challenge for his incumbents next year.

“A win opens up the floodgates,” the Bannon source said. “Let’s say he does lose. How do you think the average Republican voter outside of D.C. will look at the race? Will they say: ‘That damn Steve Bannon, or that damn Mitch McConnell, did everything he could to cost Moore the seat?’”

“A Moore win would indicate that America is fed up with establishment politics,” added Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who leads a caucus of conservatives in the House and is close with Bannon.