Jeff Sessions loses bid for old Alabama Senate seat

Jeff Sessions loses bid for old Alabama Senate seat

Tuberville, 65, a former football coach, beat Jeff Sessions, a former US attorney general who was sacked by the president, in Alabama.

Tuberville, who was endorsed by the President, will now advance to the general election as the Republican candidate set to take on incumbent Democratic Sen.

Sessions' impact on Trump's campaign and administration was enhanced by Stephen Miller, his longtime communications director who is now one of the president's closest domestic policy advisors.

'Big Senate Race in Alabama on Tuesday.

Tuberville will face Sen. Susan Collins in the fall. The victor will face Democrat Phyllis Harvy-Hall in November. In the autumn, Tuberville will take on Senator Doug Jones, widely considered the chamber's most vulnerable Democrat. Doug Jones in the General Election on November 3. Jones narrowly won a 2017 special election and is seeking a full term in the deep-red state. He pledged to help Tuberville defeat Jones in November, offering seemingly typical statements about party unity. The race is likely to be the Republican Party's best pickup opportunity of the cycle. The Republicans are looking to hold onto their 53-47 majority in the Senate, and Alabama could prove to be a real shot at flipping a Democrat-held seat.

Most Republicans thought either candidate could defeat Jones, though some have expressed concerns about Tuberville, who is running his first-ever political campaign. Although President Donald Trump was glad to have Sessions in his administration at first, their relationship quickly soured when Sessions insisted on recusing himself from former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

On Tuesday, Ronny Jackson, who served as physician to the president from 2013-2018, will also face a runoff election to make the general election ballot for a House seat for Texas' 13th district.

Sessions had hoped to return to the Senate, where he had been a member for 20 years before joining the Trump administration.

"You know me. You know I can be trusted", Sessions told voters during a recent campaign stop.

"I made a mistake when I put him in as the attorney general", Trump said on the call. "He had his chance and he blew it". The former Alabama chief justice was twice removed from the bench for violating judicial canons and then accused during the Senate campaign of sexually molesting or harassing multiple teenage girls decades earlier. The margin was not enough, however, for Tuberville to outright win and forced a runoff between him and Sessions.

While Sessions had tried to tie himself to Trump, both Trump and his campaign actively repudiated Sessions ahead of the runoff, while Trump endorsed Tuberville. Alabama does not allow early-in person voting and imposes stricter requirements on absentee voting than any other U.S. state. @DougJones is a awful Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi.

He resigned upon Trump's request in November 2018, after serving for nearly a full two years of the president's first term.

Sessions said in campaign appearances that he had no choice but to recuse himself because he had participated in Trump's 2016 campaign and could have been a subject or witness.

Although Sessions has insisted that he still supports Trump, the president holds a bitter grudge against his former attorney general and has been endorsing Tuberville - who has been leading in polls.

He also said he felt good about leaving elective office with "my integrity intact".

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