President Trump swept the election contests last night. Trump candidates were victorious in two pivotal contests Tuesday evening, as two high-profile Republican candidates he supported prevailed in primary races.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions came up short in a fight for his political life. Jeff Sessions lost to the Trump-backed GOP opponent in Alabama. Much deserved. Sessions failed us, failed America when he recused himself from the Democrat criminal Russia hoax, a coup to take down the President.
Democrats picked their candidate to take on Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the fall, and Trump’s former physician Ronny Jackson won a GOP primary runoff for a Texas congressional seat.
Remember in November!
Wow, just called! @TTuberville – Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020
Jeff Sessions loses comeback bid in Alabama runoff
The Hill, July 14, 2020:
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed in his bid to reclaim his old Senate seat after losing to former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in the Alabama GOP runoff on Tuesday.
Tuberville was leading Sessions 63 percent to 37 percent with 35 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
The former football coach will go on to face Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November. Jones is considered the most vulnerable Democrat facing reelection in 2020 in a race The Cook Political Report rates as “Lean Republican.”
The runoff comes months after the state’s Republican primary in March, when neither Sessions nor Tuberville cleared a majority.
Sessions congratulated Tuberville in a speech.
“He ran a really firm, solid race. He was focused on his goal and winning. He had a plan to do so,” Sessions said. “He is our Republican nominee and we must stand by him in November.”
The loss marks the first for Sessions in a political career that spans more than 30 years in Alabama, including as attorney general and as senator for two decades.
Sessions has faced a barrage of public attacks from President Trump since 2017, when, as the administration’s first attorney general, he recused himself from an investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Sessions resigned in 2018 after an acrimonious relationship with Trump.
Trump continued his attacks on Sessions during the Senate primary and runoff, and he endorsed Tuberville, a move that likely helped boost the coach-turned-politician to victory.
Trump has his highest state approval rating in Alabama, where 89 percent of potential GOP primary voters said they approved of the president, according to a Morning Consult tracking poll.
The former attorney general has sought to defend himself against Trump’s attacks, saying in a tweet on Saturday that Alabamians would make up their own minds.
“I’ve taken the road less traveled. Not sought fame or fortune. My honor and integrity are far more important than these juvenile insults. Your scandal-ridden candidate is too cowardly to debate. As you know, Alabama does not take orders from Washington,” Sessions said.
Sessions said on Tuesday he was leaving with no regrets, saying he had saved “the president’s bacon” by following the law and recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
“I leave with no regrets. I was honored to serve the people of Alabama in the Senate and I was extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments we had as attorney general,” he said in his speech.
“On recusal, I followed the law. I did the right thing, and I saved the president’s bacon in the process. Any other action to try to squelch an investigation in that environment would not have worked. It would have really been a catastrophe and I’m so glad it finally ended after a prolonged time and the president has been cleared,” he added.
Trump earlier on Tuesday had congratulated Tuberville for his win.
“Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly,” Trump said in a tweet.