“Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement,” Trump tweeted before 7:00 a.m. ET on his way back to D.C.
Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
In a surprise move, Trump took Twitter and endorsed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, last week ahead of the state’s Aug. 15 primary.
“Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!,” Trump tweeted primetime Aug. 9.
Strange was appointed to the seat in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley following the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and is currently serving as a temporary Senate appointment. He is competing in the August primary to fill out the remainder of Sessions’ 6-year term through 2020.
On Tuesday, Strange will face a bevy of Republican challengers at the polls including former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Mooreand Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks — arguably his top two competitors.
If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will take place Sept. 26, with the general election scheduled for Dec. 12.