Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville in a fierce Republican runoff election, CNN projects, … We want to hear from you. Tuberville, who was the head football coach at Auburn from 1999-2008, rallied with supporters at the Auburn Oaks Farm in Notasulga – a small town of less than 1,000 residents about 13 miles west of Auburn. Five other states also have postponed their primaries because of the coronavirus pandemic: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio. Almost exactly one year later, Sessions announced he was running for the Senate again and has embraced Trump’s platform. “I’ve proven it. Tuberville led in the initial round, taking 33 percent of the vote to Sessions' 31 percent. That year, Sessions received a plurality of the primary vote before he end up defeating businessman Sid McDonald by a 59.3%-40.7% margin. Sessions is competing in his first Republican runoff election since 1996, when he first won election to the Senate. ", But Sessions still commands a strong, conservative following in the state. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in November. With 85% of precincts counted, the Republican contest for the Alabama Senate seat held by Democrat Doug Jones, is headed to a March 31 runoff between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville. Sessions' primary opponent spotted with Trump at game. And like Tommy Tuberville, where was he when President Trump needed him? He lost the general election by 21,924 votes. The winner of the Republican race will take on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in a state Trump won in 2016 by over 27 points. The news cycle is jampacked with polls. I love Alabama! But have you ever wondered how polls actually work and what they mean? With 85% of precincts counted, Tuberville held onto a slim 33.6%-31.4% lead over Sessions. Visit our real-time results page as precincts report who registered voters chose on their ballots. Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He has said he was the first sitting Senator to endorse Trump during the 2016 election, and that he’d be a top advocate for the president’s policies in fighting illegal immigration, unfair trade practices and supporting law enforcement initiatives. The National Republican Senatorial Committee took an "anyone but Roy Moore" stance and got their wish; the Judge who lost to Jones in 2017 was on track to have a fourth place finish. Neither man was anywhere near the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. With the GOP field narrowed to Sessions and Tuberville, President Donald Trump in March endorsed the former coach. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC delivered to your inbox. The scheduled March 31 contest is being moved to July. Kay Ivey postponed the runoff election's original date of March 31 to July 14 in order to better comply with limited public gatherings. The Place 2 seat is down to incumbent Beth Kellum and former Lauderdale County Commissioner Will Smith. Former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, the Republican nominee during the 2017 special Senate election, placed a distant fourth. “Quality jobs and America first, and that hasn’t changed,” Coleman said. Sessions is seeking to reclaim the Senate seat he held for 20 years before becoming President Donald Trump’s first attorney general. Some political strategists predict the campaign is about to get messy. Moore was on the ballot again Tuesday, but his campaign had been saddled by a lack of funding and generated little buzz unlike in 2017, when his campaign was at the center of American political attention for months. A Division of NBCUniversal. Tuberville has also said he’s the candidate who is more like Trump, in that both were political outsiders competing against longtime politicians. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks about defending national security, at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Bell earned 30.35 percent of the vote in March, and Chestnut earned 19.8 percent. It was the first time a Democrat had won a Senate seat in Alabama since Richard Shelby in 1992. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s quest to return to the U.S. Senate will likely face a stiff challenge on March 31 in a competitive runoff against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville. took a shot at Sessions by referencing his rocky relationship with President Donald Trump while serving as attorney general. Sessions stepped down in 2018, and Trump has not endorsed his Senate bid. "I will fight for Alabama every day, and we will win the Republican nomination on March 31," Sessions told supporters, according to NBC News. Much of the primary contest has been a battle among the leading Republican candidates over who would be the biggest advocate for the president and his agenda if elected. With 99% of the vote tallied by Wednesday morning, Tuberville had 33.4% and Sessions had 31.6%. Kellum won 43.37 percent of the vote in March, and Smith walked away with 37.09 percent. Tuberville has upped the Trump-loving ante by suggesting in January that Trump was sent by God to save America.

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