Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville (R) defeated former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) in Alabama’s Republican primary runoff election on Tuesday, setting up a November match up with current Sen. Doug Jones (D), the AP reports.
President Trump recorded a robocall for Tommy Tuberville in today’s GOP primary runoff with Jeff Sessions:
“He’s going to have a cold direct line into my office. … We had the Jeff Sessions thing, we gave it a shot, I had no idea it could be as bad as it was. But he had no clue. He just let it get away from him. It’s really a shame.”
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions hit back at President Trump after the president endorsed his rival in the Alabama Senate runoff just days before the contest.
Said Sessions: “I’ve taken the road less travelled. Not sought fame or fortune. My honor and integrity are far more important than these juvenile insults. Your scandal ridden candidate is too cowardly to debate. As you know, Alabama does not take orders from Washington.”
Despite claiming many times he voted for Donald Trump for president, Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville’s voter registration was cancelled in August 2016 due to inactivity, according to Ryan James Girdusky.
He had registered in the state of Indiana but never voted there, so they kicked him off the voter rolls.
A new Auburn University poll in Alabama finds Tommy Tuberville (R) leading Sen. Doug Jones (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 44% to 36%.
In the other possible match up, Jeff Sessions (R) leads Jones, 49% to 43%.
In the presidential race, Donald Trump leads Joe Biden, 55% to 41%.
“President Trump’s favored Senate candidate in Alabama, Tommy Tuberville, is known for his career as a college football coach. But he also had a brief stint as co-owner of a hedge fund. It did not go well,” the New York Times reports.
“A little more than a decade ago, after departing from Auburn University where he was head coach, Mr. Tuberville entered into a 50-50 partnership with a former Lehman Brothers broker named John David Stroud. Their ventures, which included TS Capital Management and TS Capital Partners — T for Tuberville and S for Stroud — turned out to be a financial fraud. Mr. Stroud was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Mr. Tuberville was sued by investors, who accused him of fraud and violating his fiduciary duty to take care of their investments; he reached a private settlement in 2013.”
President Trump’s campaign has scrapped plans to hold a rally in Alabama next weekend amid concerns about coronavirus infections rising, CNN reports.
“Trump was slated to travel to the state ahead of the Senate race between his former attorney general Jeff Sessions and the former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, but plans were called off as state officials voiced concerns about a mass gathering and campaign officials ultimately decided against it.”
Tommy Tubervile (R) is out with a new ad attacking Senate primary rival Jeff Sessions (R) as weak.
“You can’t fake it. You’re either strong or you’re not. And Jeff Sessions? He’s not. He wasn’t man enough to stand with President Trump when things got tough, and now he’s telling lies about me to cover it all up. It’s time for these weak politicians to go.”
A new FM3 Research poll in Alabama shows Tommy Tuberville (R) leading Sen. Doug Jones (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 44%.
The poll was conducted for the Jones campaign.
“There’s a glaring omission as Democrats lay down millions of dollars to try and win control of the Senate: Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones,” Politico reports.
“The two leading Senate Democratic campaign groups reserved nearly $100 million for the fall in half a dozen states with Republican incumbents. But so far they have put down nothing to protect their most vulnerable incumbent and aren’t yet formally committing to spend big dollars for him.”
“President Trump’s campaign is demanding that Jeff Sessions, the former Attorney General, stop attaching himself to the president in his effort to win back his old Senate seat in Alabama, after Mr. Sessions distributed a campaign mailer that mentioned the president 22 times,” the New York Times reports.
From an unusual letter to the Sessions campaign: “The Trump campaign has learned that your U.S. Senate campaign is circulating mailers like the one I have enclosed, in which you misleadingly promote your connections to and ‘support’ of President Trump… The enclosed letter and donor form in fact mention President Trump by name 22 times. The letter even makes the delusional assertion that you are President ‘Trump’s #1 supporter.”
“The state of Alabama is postponing its scheduled March 31 primary runoff in the Senate race between Jeff Sessions and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville,” the AP reports.
“Saying having people stand in line to vote is too risky right now, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the runoff is being rescheduled to July 14. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in November.”
A new Cygnal Poll in Alabama finds Tommy Tuberville (R) leading Jeff Sessions (R) in the Republican Senate primary runoff, 52% to 40%, with 9% still undecided.
“Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’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,” the Birmingham News reports.
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has two Senate race rating changes this week: Colorado moves from Toss-up to Leans Democratic, while Alabama moves from Leans Republican to Likely Republican.
Republicans remain favored to hold the majority.
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), who is running to unseat Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in November, released a new attack ad against fellow GOP primary contender and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, The Hill reports.
“In the new 30-second ad, Bryne criticizes Sessions for being forced by President Trump to resign as attorney general. The video also appeared to reference a common refrain, ‘lock her up,’ to dig at Sessions’ job while serving as attorney general, that was chanted about former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during Trump campaign events in 2016.”
From the ad: “Hillary still ain’t in jail.”
A new WPA Intelligence poll in Alabama of likely Republican primary voters found Jeff Sessions leading the U.S. Senate race with 34%, followed by Tommy Tuberville at 29%, Bradley Byrne at 17% and Roy Moore at 6%.
A new Alabama Daily News/Mason-Dixon poll finds Jeff Sessions leading the Republican primary for U.S. Senarw with 31%, followed by Tommy Tuberville at 29%, Bradley Byrne at 17% and Roy Moore at 5%.
If no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote in a primary election, the contest goes to a runoff between the candidates with the top two vote totals.
In general election match ups with incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sessions wins 54% to 41%, Tuberville wind 50% to 42% and Byrne wind 51% to 42%.