Alabama’s GOP runoff between Katie Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., was close just a week ago, but former President Donald Trump’s endorsement could make it a runaway, according to the latest polls.
Britt is a runaway favorite in Tuesday’s runoff against Brooks, who had his endorsement stripped when he told an Alabama Save America rally that GOP voters should stop mulling over government issues. integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s endorsement is hailed as a catalyst, including Friday’s Alabama Forestry Association poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates:
- British: 58.4%.
- Streams: 32.6%.
- Undecided: 9.0%.
This poll is not unlike a pair of others on RealClearPolitics.
The Hill/Emerson College poll has Britt with 59% support and Brooks at 41% – when he forced respondents into a decision.
The Auburn University poll had Britt up 20 points, with 50% support to Brooks’ 30%.
All three polls came after Trump endorsed Britt on Friday, June 10, doubling down on the former president’s decision to reject his previous pick in the Republican primary.
Trump called Britt “an incredible fighter for the people of Alabama.” The former president originally backed Brooks in the race, but rescinded that endorsement in March after their relationship soured.
Britt was chief of staff to incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., before stepping down to lead a state enterprise group, and is now running to fill Shelby’s vacant seat. Britt and Brooks face off in the June 21 runoff that will decide the Republican nominee.
“Above all, Katie Britt will never let you down,” Trump wrote, adding, “she has my complete and total endorsement!”
The decision was another blow to Brooks, who had sought to win back Trump’s support.
“Mo has wanted it back ever since, but I can’t give it to him!” Trump wrote. “Katie Britt, on the other hand, is America’s first fearless warrior.”
Trump endorsed Brooks last year, rewarding the conservative brandon who had been a vocal supporter of Trump’s 2020 voter fraud allegations. Brooks stirred up a crowd of Trump supporters at the January 6, 2021 rally that preceded the take of the Capitol.
But Trump withdrew that endorsement, citing Brooks’ languid performance in the race and ‘waking up’ to saying at a Cullman rally that it was time to stop arguing for the 2020 presidential election and focus that energy on the upcoming elections instead.
Britt led the main field in the May primary and has sought Trump’s support since stepping away from Brooks.
“President Trump knows that Alabamians are tired of failed career politicians who do nothing,” Britt said in a statement. “It’s time for the next generation of conservatives to step up and shake things up in Washington to save the country we know and love for our children and our children’s children.”
Despite losing Trump’s endorsement in March, Brooks continued to campaign under the “MAGA Mo” label, a reference to the slogan Make America Great Again, and challenged Britt to a debate on the singular topic of whether the 2020 election had been ‘stolen’. .”
Brooks tweeted that Alabama voters will decide the race.
“Let’s just admit it: Trump sometimes endorses the wrong people,” Brooks wrote, noting that a Trump-endorsed candidate lost the 2017 Senate race in Alabama.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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