Tommy Tuberville defeats Jeff Sessions in Alabama Senate primary runoff

by Peter Heck · Jul 15th, 2020 10:29 am

Last Updated Jul 15th, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Tuesday's Republican Senate primary runoff election in Alabama.

Tuberville, who is a first-time politician, received the endorsement of President Donald Trump despite Sessions having been the first Republican Senator to endorse Trump in 2016. Trump returned the favor that year by appointing Sessions to be his Attorney General.

The relationship between the two soured after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation and Trump forced him out in 2018. Since then, the former two-term Alabama Senator has borne the brunt of multiple Trump Twitter attacks, including one sent just days before the primary runoff:

Sessions responded by downplaying the president's "juvenile insults," touting his own "honor and integrity."

After his victory, Tuberville will now face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in the November general election. Jones, who won the seat over a scandal-stained opponent, Judge Roy Moore, is seen as extremely vulnerable, particularly against someone as popular as Tuberville.

President Trump wasted no time in offering his full support to the former football coach.


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