In the Republican primary for Alabama’s United States Senate seat, former US Attorney General and Senator Jeff Sessions is headed into a runoff with political newcomer and former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville. The runoff will be held March 31st.
Tommy Tuberville came in first place with the most votes with 33% of the votes reporting, while Sessions came in second with 31% reporting. US Representative Bradley Byrne from Mobile came in third place with 25% of the vote.
The race between Sessions and Tuberville seems to be shaping up to a nasty fight to the finish. During his speech last night after results came in, Coach Tuberville said, “We’re going to finish what Donald Trump started when he sat across the table and said ‘You’re fired’ to Jeff Sessions”.
During his speech at the Renaissance Riverview hotel in downtown Mobile last night, Sessions said “Nobody’s going to get through this race without being vetted first”.
The general consensus among Bradley Byrne supporters last night at his campaign watch party was that they were going to shift their votes to Tommy Tuberville in the runoff. They felt like Sessions had betrayed Congressman Byrne by jumping into the race at the last minute. It was opined that Sessions had gone back on his word that he had given to the congressman over a year ago, when he said he was going to sit out the Senate race and throw his support behind the congressman. Time and polling will only tell if that is the general consensus among the congressman’s supporters or if that was just the feelings from the voters that were at the party last night.
As in the primary, the main issues that will be the focal point of this race will be support for President Donald Trump and his agenda, which includes cracking down on the illegal immigration, trade, the economy, and defeating the Democratic nominee for this same US Senate seat in November.