Tommy Tuberville won the Alabama Senate GOP primary on Tuesday, defeating former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Familiar to Alabamians from his decade as Auburn Universitys head football coach, the 65-year-old Tuberville is now positioned for a challenge against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). Jones back in 2017 became the first Democrat to win election to the Senate from Alabama in 25 years.
President Donald Trump announced Tubervilles win late Tuesday.
“Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.”
Wow, just called! @TTuberville – Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020
Alabamas GOP primary in March had no candidate with a majority of the votes, with both Sessions and Tuberville having drawn about 32 percent, leading to the July 14 runoff.
Trump had endorsed Tuberville leading up to the March primary, calling him a “REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down!”
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“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter in March.
In May, Trump wrote on Twitter: “3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. Thats why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville, the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!”
3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. Thats why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda! https://t.co/pCi7jftce2 https://t.co/sAn1VbxNwc
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2020
According to his website, Tuberville is running for Senate because he believes that the first duty of government is to “protect our individual liberty.” He said as senator he will fight for smaller government, fewer taxes, national sovereignty, and to defend the Constitution.
Ahead of the GOP primary, Tuberville asserted his wishes for Alabama in a video posted on Twitter, calling on voters to help send him to the Senate. In the video, Tuberville said that veterans and farmers need to be supported.
On Tuesday, Alabama gets the chance to send a Common Sense Conservative to Washington that will lead the fight for our State and Country. Lets finish this runoff and take it to Doug Jones and the Democrats! VOTE!!! #TeamTub #MAGA #KAG2020 #ALSen pic.twitter.com/zM0KEDaYux
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) July 13, 2020
“Weve got to help our veterans. Weve got to straighten out the VA,” he said, adding that he would give all of his salary to Alabama veterans.
“Farmers, we gotta help them out. The food chain has been broken, theyre losing money,” Tuberville added.
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