Republican-backed Republican Katie Britt won the GOP nomination for Alabama’s open Senate on Tuesday night, winning a race in which former President Donald Trump reversed his initial support for her opponent and eventually endorsed her has.
The victory in deep red Alabama virtually ensures that Britt, her former boss, has been sen for years. Richard Shelby, in Congress’s upper chamber.
Britt the Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) Defeated in a second election and won by 65.5% of the vote to 34.5% for Brooks when The Associated Press called the race for Britt at about 9.30pm Eastern.
Britt won with the support of former President Donald Trump – but she does not owe her victory to him. Britt, who previously served as chief of staff for Shelby and led Alabama’s state-level chamber of commerce, was the Republican institution’s choice in the competition, and had the tacit support of groups controlled by Senate minority leader Mitch. McConnell (R-Ky). .).
Brooks, a longtime ally of Trump, fully endorsed the president’s false allegations of a stolen 2020 election, while Britt avoided doing the same. Trump consequently endorsed Brooks not long after Shelby announced his retirement.
However, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC controlled by McConnell allies, raised $ 4 million from Shelby to fund a group that attacks Brooks. The group aired television commercials highlighting Brooks’ criticism of Trump’s conservatism and character from before his presidency. Those ads worked to reduce Brooks’ poll numbers.
When he saw a sinking political ship, Trump used Brooks’ proposal that voters move forward from his stolen election claims as an excuse to abandon the congressman. He denied Brooks in March.
Alabama’s Mo Brooks recently made a horrible mistake when he ‘woke up’ and said, referring to the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, ‘Put it behind you, put it behind you’, despite the fact that the election was full of fraud and irregularities, “Trump said in a statement at the time, with a very strange definition of” awake. ”
In the May primary, Britt easily won by 45% of the vote, but failed to break the 50% margin needed to avoid a run-off. Brooks finished second with 29% of the vote.
On June 10, long after it became clear that Britt would almost certainly win the run-off, Trump endorsed her.
Britt will now face Democrat Will Boyd in November. She is an overwhelming favorite in the strong Republican state.