Alabama Senate race a fight to the finish
HEFLIN, Ala. — Wearing an NRA baseball cap and newly armed with an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange on Saturday strolled by the sausage vendors and rodeo ticket booths at a rural county fair, rallying voters ahead of Tuesday’s critical Republican primary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat.
“The day will turn on turnout. That’s why the President’s endorsement is so critical,” Strange said between handshakes. Strange said he thought Trump’s support would make “the difference” in the race. “That’s what I told the President,” Strange said. However, Strange declined to say if he thought he could win without a runoff, citing turnout.
Despite both the endorsement of Trump via a Tuesday tweet backing of millions of dollars in advertising by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Strange has found himself in what could be a tight Republican primary race with firebrand challengers. Those rivals include Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — who was twice removed from office over stances for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage — and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who is backed by tea party voters in the state.