Jeff Sessions loses in Alabama Senate primary

Четверг, 16 Июл, 2020

President Trump made a last-minute attempt to end the comeback hopes of Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general, ahead of Tuesday's Republican primary runoff, promising that former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville would have a direct line to the Oval Office if elected senator.

The victor of the runoff will take on the incumbent, Democrat Doug Jones, in a race with major implications for Senate control.

Tuberville told supporters that Trump had called him to congratulate him, adding that he considered Trump "the best president in my lifetime". The president, a NY native, wrote Tuesday night on Twitter that Tuberville would be a "GREAT senator". Doug Jones, who won a special election in 2017 to succeed Sessions after he joined Trump's Cabinet.

Sessions, once Alabama attorney general and a USA attorney under President Ronald Reagan, was elected to the Senate in 1996.

"Let me say this about the president and our relationship: I leave with no regrets", Session said on a small stage at a Mobile, Alabama, hotel, with his many grandsons looking on. Texas has always been dominated by Republicans but analysts say changing demographics have made it more competitive. "As you know, Alabama does not take orders from Washington".

Endorsing him over Mr Sessions following the initial primary vote in March, President Trump described Mr Tuberville as "a REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG (Make America Great Again/Keep America Great), or our country, down!"

Jones has a massive campaign warchest of $9 million, while neither Tuberville nor Sessions were able to near the $1 million mark in their second quarter fundraising.

Neither Trump nor the boisterous throngs they'd greeted together at an August 2015 stadium rally were anywhere to be seen as Sessions calmly conceded defeat in Alabama's Republican Senate runoff.

When he wasn't defending his loyalty to the president, Sessions tried to focus on his long history in office and questions about Tuberville's background.

"As much a fan of Donald Trump's as I am, he has a falling out with a lot of people that he just disagrees with".

"Sessions was a victim of his decision to recuse himself in the decision over whether to appoint Mueller", Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of several books on contemporary politics, told Newsmax.

Tuberville has leaned into supporting President Donald Trump during his campaign for the nomination, and the affection appears to be mutual. Trump fired Sessions after the 2018 midterms and has been railing against him ever since.

The president continued his criticism of Sessions right up to the eve of Tuesday's election.

Maine Democrats nominated Sara Gideon, the speaker of the state's House of Representatives, to face off against moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, one of the Senate's most at-risk Republicans. Royce West in a primary runoff to face Cornyn, who has a substantial financial advantage starting out the general election but is potentially vulnerable in a state that could be competitive up and down the ballot.

The candidates for the Democratic Senate nomination in Texas were fighting neck-and-neck. The race is nearly certain to head to ranked-choice runoff, which election officials will compute once all ballots are received and is mandated if no candidate clears 50 percent. Valenzuela was backed by the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Mr. Sessions was trying to regain the seat, but Mr.