In two tweets on Tuesday night, President Donald J. Trump endorsed former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville in Alabama’s 2020 U.S. Senate race.
Tuberville is facing Trump’s former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in the Yellowhammer State’s March 31 Republican primary runoff. The GOP nominee will face U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in November.
“Tommy Tuberville… is running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Alabama,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
….(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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
This comes after a slew of polling was released on Tuesday in the race between Tuberville and Sessions. All of the polling publicly released has shown Tuberville with a sizable lead except an internal Sessions poll.
Trump the morning after the primary last week tweeted of Sessions, “This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!”
The president had refrained from bashing Sessions during the primary, only commenting back in November, “He’s got tough competition.” Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-01) was also in the race at that point.
In the March 3 primary, Tuberville led the field with 33.39%, followed by Sessions at 31.65% and Byrne at 24.89%.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn