President Trump has endorsed Tommy Tuberville over Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate race.
Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) is running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Alabama. Tommy was a terrific head football coach at Auburn University. He is a REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down! Tommy will protect your Second Amendment….
….(which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets. He will be a great Senator for the people of Alabama. Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. I love Alabama!
Per TheHill, Tuberville and Sessions will be on the ticket in a runoff election on March 31 after no candidate received 50 percent of the vote in last week’s GOP primary. Tuberville and Sessions were the top two vote getters in the primary with roughly 33 percent and 32 percent of the vote, respectively.
Trump had remained neutral in the race leading up to the primary.
But his endorsement on Tuesday could deal a fatal blow to Sessions’s campaign for his old Senate seat, which he vacated when he joined the president’s Cabinet as attorney general. Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump during the 2016 campaign, but has since become a punching bag for the president.
Trump has repeatedly excoriated Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He mocked Sessions’ accent, urged him to un-recuse himself and has described him as a “total disaster” and “an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama.”
Sessions has remained loyal, refusing to criticize the president publicly and building his Senate campaign on his efforts to implement Trump’s agenda.
Tuberville, meanwhile, has sought to cast Sessions as insufficiently loyal to the president, citing his role in the Russia probe.
Whichever Republican emerges from the runoff will likely be favored to defeat Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November.