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Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville Close Out Alabama’s G.O.P. Senate Runoff

  • July 14, 2020

Mr. Sessions said in a brief interview that his recent appearance on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” had “electrified” his campaign. He appeared last Tuesday on Mr. Carlson’s show, where the host praised the Republican as “one of the very few politicians I do respect.”

“We had $30,000 — small-dollar contributions — come in right after that,” Mr. Sessions said in between conversations with voters at a Cracker Barrel in Mobile.

It was a notable feat, he added, given that his opponent has had a fund-raising advantage for much of the primary.

Tuesday’s election stands to lay bare the extent to which Mr. Trump has turned Mr. Sessions’s own state against him. Before the Trump era, Mr. Sessions could do virtually no wrong in the eyes of Alabama’s Republicans, winning four Senate elections from 1997 to 2017, in one race without so much as a primary challenger.

But Mr. Trump has made it something of a personal mission to ensure that Mr. Sessions does not return to the Senate.

Accordingly, the president has wholeheartedly embraced Mr. Tuberville despite the candidate’s stances on issues like immigration and trade, which appear to diverge from the Trump agenda.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/us/politics/sessions-tuberville.html

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