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After losing Trump’s endorsement, Mo Brooks continues to advance in GOP Senate race

Mo Brooks, the GOP congressman who lost Donald Trump’s endorsement in Alabama, qualified for a runoff in the state Senate Republican primary on Tuesday.

Brooks came second to Katie Britt, a former aide to incumbent Senator Richard Shelby, a win of sorts that underscores Trump’s waning influence within the Republican Party. Both Republicans are heading to a runoff next month after neither managed to secure 50% of the vote, according to unofficial results.

In ruby-red Alabama, whoever wins the Republican primary is all but guaranteed to take Shelby’s seat in the November general election.

Trump turned on Brooks, a “Make American Great Again” loyalist, when he suddenly withdrew his endorsement in March. The former president said it was because ‘woke up’ Brooks had ‘changed’ and was no longer committed to rerunning the 2020 election. Brooks said the real reason was that he told Trump that he could not nullify the election and remove President Joe Biden from the White House. The congressman was also trailing in the polls.

“He wanted the election canceled and redone,” Brooks told reporters in March. “But there’s no legal way to do it.”

Trump’s rebuke kept Brooks in third place for much of the campaign, behind Britt and Mike Durant, the businessman and pilot who inspired “Black Hawk Down.” But the six-term House member, going by the name “MAGA Mo,” has always tried to make the case that he’s the most pro-Trump candidate in the race. Last week, Brooks’ campaign sent out letters — attributed to a simple mistake — still touting the former president’s endorsement, to which Trump replied, “I can’t do that Mo!”

Terry Lathan, former Alabama GOP chairman and Brooks ally, said there was nothing stopping Brooks from running as the MAGA candidate without Trump’s support. She added that Trump was also wrong in his assessment of the ultra-conservative Brooks.

“He called Mo Brooks ‘awake’ and Mo is the least awake human being on planet earth. I’m not sure why that word is, but it doesn’t seem to hit any mark,” Lathan told the HuffPost.

Brooks also ran with the support of the senses. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) And from the Club for Growth, the conservative group that argues with Trump and spends to boost candidates who aren’t his picks in major GOP races.

Before their public falling out, Brooks had energized the crowd at the rally ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol and was the first House Republican to pledge to overturn the election results of 2020.

When Trump rescinded his endorsement, he blamed Brooks’ remarks at a MAGA rally in August 2021, when some people in the crowd booed him after he said it was time to ‘look ahead’ and leave the 2020 elections in the rearview mirror.

“Some people are discouraged by voter fraud and election theft in 2020,” Brooks said. “People, put that behind you, put that behind you.”

Trump’s 2022 approval record is poor with the primary season fully underway. While his GOP Senate contest pick from Ohio, JD Vance, easily won his race this month, his Pennsylvania pick, Mehmet Oz, is a hair ahead and faces a likely mandatory recount. . His push to unseat Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) is also a long shot, with Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue trailing in the polls.



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