>> Senator Luther Strange!>> An Alabama Republican backed by President Trump falling short in a party primary, and is now headed to a run off election to fill a US Senate seat. Luther Strange finishing a distant second to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a GOP election Tuesday, according to projections.
Both men want to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Strange, a former attorney general of Alabama and friendly with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, had been appointed to the US Senate by the state's governor pending the results of a general election later this year.
He earned the support not just of the Senate leader, but Trump as well, who tweeted Wednesday, wow, Senator Luther Strange picked up a lot of additional support since my endorsement. Now in September runoff. Strong on Wall & Crime!>> President Trump, as you all know, called me a week ago at night and said, Luther, I want you to be elected to the Senate.
He knows that I'm the person in this race who's going to help him make this country great again.>> But his opponent painted him as too close to the party establishment, and voters appear to have sided, for now, with a former judge famous for trying to block same sex marriage licenses in the state.
Across the aisle, Doug Jones, a former US attorney backed by former Vice President Joe Biden, won the Democratic primary and is considered a long shot to win a seat in the Republican dominated state. The run off election is scheduled for September 26th.