It’s a week away from Alabama’s GOP Senate primary, and President Trump has tweeted out an endorsement for the establishment candidate, Luther Strange, over the more conservative candidates in the running, Representative Mo Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
“Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!,” Trump tweeted.
Earlier in the day Trump himself called Strange to notify him of the endorsement, according to a Republican with knowledge of the call.
Strange has already been filling in the Senate seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions left to take the role as attorney general.
The current race for that seat resembles the 2016 GOP primary season, with an overcrowded field that is sure to split up the vote.
Strange is banking on Trump’s endorsement to carry him to the nomination, as Trump is quite popular in Alabama.
The last polling data for the nomination had Moore with a slight lead over Strange, 31 to 29, with Brooks lagging back in third, with 18 percent of the vote.
We’ll see next week if Trump’s endorsement is enough to get Strange over the finish line.