Tomorrow is the day to vote for a U.S. Senator in Alabama’s special election primary. Yeah, it’s a big deal.
According to the Associated Press, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is projecting that 20 percent to 25 percent of voters will go to the polls tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 15. Merrill also pointed out that a typical primary brings turnout of 30-32 percent.
The Election Deets
In an early-morning Tweet, President Trump endorsed Luther Strange as his pick for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also rooting for Strange.
Other Election Front Runners
Several other Republicans vie for the seat, but a recent poll from the Trafalgar Group shows that Roy Moore is in the lead, with 35% of support and a 12-point gap between him and Strange.
The AP says, “Moore has built up a loyal following among some evangelical voters after being twice removed from chief justice duties for defying courts over same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments.”
Mo Brooks, the U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district since 2011, is also considered a contender. He’s served as a Madison County District Attorney, county commissioner and is polling at around 16%. Brooks is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and several recent super PAC ads highlight his past criticisms of President Trump.
Democratic Election Contenders:
Michael Hansen, the executive director of Alabama environmental advocacy group Gasp, along with former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones and Naval Academy graduate Robert Kennedy, Jr. are among the contenders in the Democratic primary.
While these three seem to be the most popular, Tuscaloosanews.com reports that all seven Democratic nominees “are hopeful that Democrats actually have a longshot chance to win the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
The Republican and Democratic nominees will face off in a December election.
Want to know more about each Senate candidate? Check out our recent post on all of them.
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Follow this link for information about the upcoming municipal election on August 22, along with all you need to know about voting in tomorrow’s election.