The Battle of Alabama: Key Vote Tuesday
August 14, 2017
In a special election that has been dubbed as “The Battle of Alabama,” several different factions of the Republican Party are all vying to permanently replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate in a fight that could signal the future of Donald Trump’s presidency.
With the president embroiled in battles with the Deep State over his foreign policy agenda, and with the Washington Establishment and liberal mainstream media over his domestic policy agenda, three main factions of the GOP will be duking it out Tuesday:
- The Establishment—led by Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley just before he was indicted and resigned in disgrace, has the full support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who instructed the Senate Leadership Fund to treat him as an incumbent for funding purposes.
- The Conservative/Trumpist Alliance—led by Rep. Mo Brooks, a key member of the House Freedom Caucus, and who has closely aligned himself with the president, curiously didn’t get the president’s endorsement, and has become the target of overwhelming attack ads funded by the SLF on Strange’s behalf.
- The Christian Right—led by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is currently leading the polls going into Tuesday’s special election. He’s done so largely without any support outside of Alabama, but like Brooks, has aligned himself closely with the president’s agenda.
An outright winner—who needs to secure at least 50 percent of the vote—is highly unlikely given the number of candidates running for the seat. But, in a two-man runoff election later this fall, the key factor will come down to who can amass the most Republican voters in a “Deep Red State.”
The answer could signal what is to come not only for Republicans, but for the president, as well.