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Alabama Senate candidates Katie Britt and Mo Brooks are heading to a runoff in the GOP primary election in the state of Yellowhammer after no candidate in the race garnered more than 50% of the vote , according to the Associated Press.
Leading candidates for the Republican nomination in the Alabama Senate race were Katie Boyd Britt, former chief of staff to Sen. Richard Shelby, who once headed the Business Council of Alabama; Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., an outspoken conservative in Congress who received Trump’s endorsement but later lost it; and Mike Durant, an in-state business owner and former Army pilot involved in the “Black Hawk Down” incident.
The runoff election between Brooks and Britt will take place on June 21.
“I’ve never feared for the future of America like I do today,” Brooks told supporters Tuesday night after it became clear he would be in a runoff against Britt. “America needs fighters. The momentum is on our side for each of you and the people of Alabama to learn history…and fight as our ancestors fought for us.”
“Don’t let special interest groups mislead you,” he added, urging those listening and present to “do their homework” before voting in the second round.
Trump weighed in on several races that took place in Yellowhammer State on Tuesday and originally endorsed Brooks last year. Trump later rescinded the endorsement after accusing Brooks of “waking up” when he told voters in the state it was time to focus on the 2022 and 2024 elections, instead of looking back at 2020. Brooks was one of the few congressmen who offered overwhelming support for Trump after his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, something Trump continues to reject.
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Ahead of Tuesday’s election, Trump took a shot at Brooks on his TRUTH Social platform which debuted earlier this year.
“CAN’T DO THIS MO,” Trump wrote in response to a report that Brooks was still using campaign mailings claiming to have Trump’s endorsement.
While Trump offered no further endorsement of any candidate in the race ahead of the primary election, Britt told Fox News Digital last week that she had the opportunity to update him on the race and presented herself as “the best candidate to advance the America First agenda”. If elected, Britt, who was seen throughout the race as a more establishment-minded candidate, would become the first woman from Alabama to win a U.S. Senate seat.
“Enough is enough,” Montgomery’s Britt said Tuesday night as the election results rolled in. “We live in the greatest nation in the world, even on our worst day.”
“Our campaign took off,” she added. “People know I’m the best candidate in the race.”
Highlighting some protections for Alabamians and Americans, Britt said “we have to fight for the American dream.”
Durant, who is expected to finish a distant third in the race, has faced many battles during his Senate campaign, with questions about on state donations and potential links with a Super PAC being in the foreground.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Durant was potentially linked to a national group linked to Big Tech executives who hoped to shift the center of power to the United States. Senate in the middle electing moderate senators in the races this year and beyond. His campaign was heavily supported by the Alabama Patriots PAC.
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Britt, Brooks and Durant all received substantial support from voters in the state throughout their campaigns, but ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Brooks surged in the polls and took second place behind Britt.
While most eyes were focused on the Republican Senate race, others took into consideration that incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who has largely refused to debate her opponents, could find herself in a runoff.
Ivey, who previously served as state treasurer and state lieutenant governor, became Alabama’s 54th governor in 2017 after then-governor. Robert Bentley has resigned over a sex scandal involving a political aide. She was first elected to this position in 2018.
Touting her tenure as head of state in campaign ads as “Alabama’s most conservative governor,” Ivey has remained largely in tune with Alabamians as she opposes policies proposed by the Biden administration. But his management of COVID-19[feminine] and blaming the unvaccinated for the continuation of the pandemic did not sit well with many voters in the state.
Ivey became emotional Tuesday night as she claimed victory in Alabama’s GOP primary for governor of the state, thanking her supporters for their support over the years.
“We couldn’t have done this, this wouldn’t have happened, if it wasn’t for every single one of you here tonight,” Ivey said. “Your thoughts, prayers, support and votes helped us win the Republican primary tonight.”
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“With all my heart, thank you,” Ivey said with tears in her eyes. “I thank you with all my soul. You have all been great supporters. I am so proud to be your governor.”
“Tonight, Alabama spoke loud and clear about our conservative results,” she added, touting her accomplishments as governor. “It’s a record I’m proud of.”
Last July, Ivey pleaded with voters in the state to get vaccinated, insisting that “people are supposed to have common sense.” At the time, Ivey mentioned it was “time to start blaming unvaccinated people, not vaccinated people” and asserted that unvaccinated Alabama residents “let us down”.
Ivey has faced many naysayers who have received statewide praise in recent months, including Tim James, a businessman and son of former Alabama Governor Fob James; Lynda Blanchard, a businesswoman who served as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia from 2019 to 2021; and Lew Burdette, a Vestavia Hills native and former COO of Books-A-Million.