Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Trump Re-Ups Support for Strange Ahead of Alabama Senate Runoff

Trump Re-Ups Support for Strange Ahead of Alabama Senate Runoff

In the election for the seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions when he became USA attorney general, Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat and was backed by Trump, will move to the Republican primary along with former Alabama Supreme Court Chief justice Roy Moore, the projections said.

The runoff victor will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones in a December election.

Moore has done likewise, saying, "I support President Trump's agenda of making America great again".

Alabama's Senate GOP primary is set to test the current strength of a Trump endorsement.

"We congratulate Big Luther Strange for closing the gap in the final week and positioning himself well for the runoff".

But while odd enjoyed high-level backing, Moore won 39 percent of the vote Tuesday to the incumbent's 33 percent.

"These are the things I've stood up for, and I've suffered accordingly by the judicial inquiry commission of Alabama", he said. He was referring to Strange's support from the McConnell-controlled super PAC Senate Leadership Fund, which poured millions of dollars into attack ads against Brooks before setting its sights on Moore. The two are headed to a runoff election on September 26. The first was in 2003 after refusing a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.

Voting was steady at St. James Methodist Church on the outskirts of Montgomery, where retired teacher Tommy Goggans said he turned out specifically "to keep Roy Moore from getting it." Why?

In the rural community of Gallant in northeast Alabama, Jimmy Wright, 41, showed up early Tuesday to vote for Moore.

"He's the only one who hasn't been talking crap about the others", Wright said.

President Trump's current approval numbers are nearly the same as on Election Day, yet Trump was still elected president.

U.S. Representative Mo Brooks came in third in the Republican primary and will not advance to the September 26 runoff. "We can send a message that we are exhausted of this do-nothing Senate", Brooks said.

Brooks was referring to the fact that Bentley, who resigned in May after having an alleged affair with a top aide, picked unusual, the state's attorney general who had asked the state legislature to pause an impeachment investigation into the now ex-Republican governor. Odd said he did Bentley no favors, but his challengers questioned the ethics of seeking the appointment while investigating the governor. Republicans Roy Moore and incumbent Luther Strange, along with Democrat Doug Jones, are still in the running. He is perhaps best known for leading the prosecution of two Klansmen for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four little girls. Jones says Alabama is looking for a new voice.

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