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A special election for a Senate seat in Alabama is being billed as “Trump vs. Trumpland.”
The race pits two leading Republicans against each other. The president favors Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat after President Trump tapped then-Senator Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. Strange is widely accepted as the GOP establishment pick, and he also has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Then there’s Judge Roy Moore.
Moore is an outsider candidate — a former state supreme court chief justice who was suspended for maintaining the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. He’s believed to have support from many of the same angry voters who pushed President Trump into the White House. Moore also has support from icons of this brand of conservatism: Sarah Palin, Steve Bannon and Phil Robertson, the star of “Duck Dynasty.”
With President Trump hitting the trail for Strange and the election approaching Tuesday, will the president sway his base to support a safer pick for the party? Or will populism again rule the day?
- Patrick Hruby Former contributing editor, VICE Sports. @patrick_hruby
- Terry Lathan Chairwoman, the Alabama Republican Committee
- Gigi Douban News director, WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama
- David Winston President, Winston Group; Republican strategist; CBS News election analyst; adviser to the House and Senate Republican leadership for more than a decade
- Eliana Johnson National political reporter for Politico
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