HUNTSVILLE — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he will visit Alabama next weekend to support Sen. Luther Strange in his slugfest Republican primary runoff with Roy Moore.
Trump, as he did his first endorsement of Strange, made the announcement via twitter. “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 wrote. The Strange campaign could not immediately provide details of Trump’s visit.
The presidential visit could be considered something akin to a cavalry visit for Strange, who has been forced into a tight race with Moore, despite the backing of Trump and millions in advertising dollars from allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The two Republicans are vying for the U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore led Strange in the first round of GOP voting. The two face off in a Republican runoff on Sept. 26.
Moore, is a darling of state evangelical voters after twice being removed from office over stands against gay marriage and for the public display of the Ten Commandments. Moore has the backing of a number of anti-establishment forces, including the pro-Trump Great America Alliance, as he seeks to dethrone Strange, who was appointed to the seat in February.
Moore on Saturday picked up the endorsement of Freedom Caucus member Mo Brooks, the Alabama congressman who finished third in the August primary.
Brooks, speaking at a Huntsville rally for Moore, criticized negative ads run by a pro-Strange PAC against Moore, saying the “Strange-McConnell…
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