Election 2022: Trump endorsement flip scrambles Alabama race

FILE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt talks to supporters during her watch party May 24, 2022, in Montgomery, Ala. Former President Donald Trump on Friday, June 10, endorsed Britt, doubling down on his decision to spurn his previous choice in the Republican primary. Britt and Mo Brooks face off in the June 21 runoff that will decide the Republican nominee. (Photo/Butch Dill, FIle)

By KIM CHANDLER and JILL COLVIN | Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks has run his race for Senate on former President Donald Trump’s election lies, refusing to accept the outcome of the 2020 contest. He’s campaigned alongside the organizers of the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol building — the rally where he infamously told the crowd it was time to start “kicking ass.”

“I was proud to stand with Mo Brooks on that stage that day,” said Amy Kremer, chair of Women for America First. “Mo has the truth on his side.”

But Brooks’ efforts weren’t enough to keep him in Trump’s favor. The former president rescinded his early Brooks endorsement back in March and then snubbed him a second time, endorsing his rival Katie Britt ahead of Tuesday’s Republican runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Britt’s former boss, retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby.

Alabama is one of a handful of states holding contests Tuesday at the midpoint of a primary season that has been shaped by Trump’s effort to influence the GOP. In Virginia, Republicans are choosing between Trump-aligned congressional candidates to take on some of the most vulnerable Democrats in the fall. And in Georgia, Democrats will settle several close races, including deciding which Democrat will challenge Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state who overcame a Trump-backed challenge last month.

FILE – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt talks to supporters during her watch party May 24, 2022, in Montgomery, Ala. Former President Donald Trump on Friday, June 10, endorsed Britt, doubling down on his decision to spurn his previous choice in the Republican primary. Britt and Mo Brooks face off in the June 21 runoff that will decide the Republican nominee. (Photo/Butch Dill, FIle)

In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, Democratic …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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