Polls close in Alabama amid contentious Senate and gubernatorial GOP primary races

Ahead of the election on Tuesday, leading contenders for the Republican nomination in the Alabama Senate race were Katie Boyd Britt, Shelby’s former chief of staff who once led the Business Council of Alabama; 代表. 莫布鲁克斯, R-丙氨酸。, an outspoken conservative in Congress who received an endorsement from Trump but later lost it; and Mike Durant, a business owner in the state and a former Army pilot who was involved in the “黑鹰坠落” 事件.

Alabama Senate candidates Mike Durant (大号), 凯蒂·布里特 (中号), 莫布鲁克斯 ([R)

Alabama Senate candidates Mike Durant (大号), 凯蒂·布里特 (中号), 莫布鲁克斯 ([R) (Durant campaign / Britt campaign, / Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call )

The contentious GOP primary race for the Senate is likely to lead to a runoff election on June 21 should no candidate garner more than 50% of Tuesday’s vote.

Trump weighed in on several races that took place on Tuesday in the Yellowhammer State and had initially endorsed Brooks last year. Trump later rescinded the endorsement after he accused Brooks of going “醒来” when he told voters in the state it was time to place focus on the 2022 和 2024 选举, instead of looking back to 2020. Brooks was one of few members in Congress who offered overwhelming support for Trump following his loss in the 2020 总统选举, which Trump continues to contest.

ALABAMA VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS IN HEATED REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES FOR SENATE, GOVERNOR

代表. 莫布鲁克斯, R-丙氨酸。, speaks to Fox News' Brandon Gillespie ahead of the Republican primary in the race to be Alabama's next U.S. 参议员.

代表. 莫布鲁克斯, R-丙氨酸。, speaks to Fox NewsBrandon Gillespie ahead of the Republican primary in the race to be Alabama’s next U.S. 参议员. (Brandon Gillespie/Fox News)

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, Trump took a shot at Brooks on his TRUTH Social platform that debuted earlier this year.

CAN’T DO THAT MO,” Trump wrote in response to a report that Brooks was still using campaign mailers claiming to have Trump’s endorsement.

While Trump offered no further endorsement of a candidate in the race ahead of the primary election, Britt 告诉福克斯新闻数字 last week that she had the opportunity to update him on the race and touted herself asthe best candidate to advance the America First agenda.” 如果选择, Britt, who was perceived throughout the race as a more establishment-minded candidate, would become the first woman from Alabama to obtain a seat in the U.S. 参议院.

Alabama Senate candidate Katie Britt stands alongside her son and daughter as she speaks to members of the media after voting in Montgomery on May 24, 2022.

Alabama Senate candidate Katie Britt stands alongside her son and daughter as she speaks to members of the media after voting in Montgomery on May 24, 2022. (Britt campaign)

Durant has faced numerous battles during his campaign for the Senate, with questions about out of state donations and potential ties to a Super PAC being at the forefront.

今年早些时候, it was reported that Durant was potentially connected to a national group tied to 大科技 executives that hoped to move the center of power in the U.S. 参议院 to the middle by electing moderate senators in races this year and beyond. His campaign was heavily supported by the Alabama Patriots PAC.

Republican Alabama Senate candidate and former "Black Hawk Down" pilot Mike Durant speaks with Fox News' Brandon Gillespie ahead of the Alabama primary elections.

Republican Alabama Senate candidate and former “黑鹰坠落” pilot Mike Durant speaks with Fox NewsBrandon Gillespie ahead of the Alabama primary elections. (Brandon Gillespie/Fopx)

SENATE CANDIDATE KATIE BRITT’S MESSAGE TO ‘DISASTER’ JOE BIDEN AHEAD OF ALABAMA PRIMARY ELECTION: ‘GAME ON’

Britt, Brooks and Durant all received substantial support from voters in the state throughout their campaigns, but ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Brooks surged in the polls and took second place behind Britt.

While most eyes were focused on the Republican race for Senate, others took into consideration that incumbent Republican Gov. 凯·艾维, who largely refused to debate her opponents, could find herself in a runoff election.

艾维, who formerly served as state treasurer and lieutenant governor for the state, became Alabama’s 54th governor in 2017 after then-Gov. Robert Bentley resigned due to a sex scandal involving a political aide. She was first elected to the position in 2018.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey speaks during a presentation at the opening of a Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle Battery Factory.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey speaks during a presentation at the opening of a Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle Battery Factory. (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)

Billing her tenure at the helm of the state in campaign ads asAlabama’s most conservative governor,” Ivey has remained largely in step with Alabamians as she opposed policies offered by the Biden administration. But her handling of 新冠肺炎 and placing blame on the unvaccinated for the continuation of the pandemic did not resonate well with many voters in the state.

Last July, Ivey pleaded with voters in the state to get vaccinated as she insisted thatfolks are supposed to have common sense.” 当时, 艾维 说过 它是 “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the vaccinated folksand claimed the unvaccinated residents in Alabama wereletting us down.

Ivey faced numerous opponents who received praise throughout the state in recent months, including Tim James, a businessman and the son of former Alabama Governor Fob James; Lynda Blanchard, a businesswoman who served as the United States Ambassador to Slovenia from 2019 直到 2021; and Lew Burdette, a Vestavia Hills native and the former chief operating officer for Books-A-Million.

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