Tommy Tuberville easily beats Jeff Sessions in Senate runoff


After he became the first U.S. senator to endorse Mr Trump for president, Mr Sessions became the vice-chairman of the White House transition team and eventually gave up his long-time Senate seat to become Mr Trump's first attorney general in 2017.

Tuberville, who was endorsed by the President, will now advance to the general election as the Republican candidate set to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Alabama is a deeply Republican state that President Trump won with more than 73% of the vote in 2016.

But he fell out of favor with the President and became a target of Trump's attacks after he recused himself while serving as attorney general from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Trump also weighed in on Twitter over the weekend, calling Tuberville "a victor who will never let you down" and castigating Sessions as "a disaster who has let us all down".

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers his concession speech next to his wife, Mary, on Tuesday in Mobile, Ala. He let our Country down. "He may be endorsing Tommy Tuberville today, but then they can have a falling out".

"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". "He had his chance and he blew it".

Tuberville has leaned into supporting President Donald Trump during his campaign for the nomination, and the affection appears to be mutual.

But it wasn't enough to overcome dynamics that Tuberville willingly embraced. The 68-year-old said it was possible to support both Sessions and the president who detests him.

In the weeks leading up to the race, Tuberville's campaign reportedly turned down requests to debate and interviews with news organizations, going dark on the trail as Sessions ramped up his attacks without rebuttal, pitching himself as the Trumpian candidate.

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Mr Sessions has criticised "juvenile insults" against him, but on Tuesday he urged his supporters to back Mr Tuberville and Mr Trump, saying: "We must not cede our nation to the mob or globalist forces".

Jones, who pulled off an upset in the deep red state in a 2017 special election, is widely viewed as the most vulnerable Senate Democrat facing reelection in 2020. Yet in Trump, Sessions finally found his vessel.

And if he stays on message, he will rebound and win the November election.

Trump barely mentioned Sessions in tweeting about Tuberville's victory Tuesday. "You know me", Sessions told voters days before the runoff.

After his stint as Alabama attorney general in the 1990s, Sessions ran for the Senate in 1996 and defeated Democrat Roger Bedford by 7% - and when he was reelected in 2002, he defeated Democrat Vivian Davis Figures by 26%.

Alabama's GOP had maintained a studied neutrality throughout the runoff, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee congratulated Mr. That first win, which came as the South continued its shift from Democratic to Republican domination, was hotly contested.

Despite his strength at the ballot box, Sessions was never a heavyweight in the Senate, overshadowed there and back home in Alabama by Sen.

"He is our Republican nominee, and we must stand behind him in November", Sessions said.

For years, that made him a relative outlier on Capitol Hill. Limited polling has shown him to be slightly behind Tuberville, but Jones has a massive financial edge over the Republican. "You're going to have an electorate that's going to know a lot about the issues, and they're gonna really dive in and make their choice based on that".

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