Jeff Sessions Defeated In Alabama Senate Runoff

Former Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has been defeated in the runoff Senate election in Alabama by a candidate backed by President Trump. The vote was held on Tuesday night in which Republican voters chose the former head football coach from Auburn as the general election opponent for incumbent Democrat, Doug Jones. Tuesday saw what to many is the end of the political career of Sessions who President Trump has come to loathe.

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Jeff Sessions was Alabama’s Republican Senator for 20 years before joining the Trump administration as Attorney General. Sessions was one of Trump’s earliest supporters and was awarded for his loyalty to a position in the administration. In the beginning, Trump lauded Sessions for his loyalty but that support weaned when Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Russia probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump made his feelings known that he felt Sessions dropped the ball by recusing himself and accused him of being weak.

Trump relentlessly attacked Sessions at every turn and rumors persisted that Trump was looking to fire him. Many Republicans moved to protect Sessions from the chopping block but President Trump ultimately got his way and forced out Sessions in November 2018. The candidate Trump backed against Sessions, Tommy Tuberville has never held office before and the President heaped praise for his victory while attacking Sessions once more. Trump tweeted, “Jeff, you had your chance & you blew it. Recused yourself ON DAY ONE (you never told me of a problem), and ran for the hills. You had no courage, & ruined many lived.”

Trump tweeted about Tuberville,  “WON big against” Sessions and will “be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama” while calling Jones “a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi.”

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