There’s a battle royale going down in the Yellowhammer State.
No, not the dogfight between former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former U.S. Senate. The far more interesting battle is shaping up between the candidate’s big name supporters — President Donald Trump vs. his recently departed chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Trump, who endorsed Strange a week ahead of the GOP primary back in August, announced on Saturday he’s headed to Alabama to stump on behalf of the Senator.
“I will be in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. ‘Big Luther’ is a great guy who gets things done!” Trump tweeted.
I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. “Big Luther” is a great guy who gets things done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2017
Meanwhile, Bannon who’s back at the helm of Breitbart News, is all-in for GOP insurgent Moore. There, he’s defined the race an battle between the DC establishment and the will of the people — the grassroots conservatives.
Bannon announced he was backing the former judge over Trump‘s pick during a closed-door meeting with influential conservatives of the Conservative Action Project in Washington, D.C. last month. He says the outcome of the showdown in Alabama will show whether incumbent senators can be successfully challenged by insurgents in next year’s midterm elections.
Trump, who still remains widely popular in Alabama, is offering his help at a pivotal time in the campaign with less than 10 days before the Sept. 26 run-off election. According to recent polls, Moore leads Strange and closing last month secured the endorsement of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who said Moore “has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment.”
As for who’s candidate will walk away victorious, only time and the voters will tell.