Former U.S. senator Jeff Sessions will face former college coach Tommy Tuberville in a runoff for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.
The winner will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in a race the GOP expects to win but could be one of the closest contests in 2020.
Sessions had 227,492 votes, or 31.1 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday morning. Tuberville, who coached football at Auburn University, was ahead with 235,461 votes, or 32.2 percent.
Ex-Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) had 26.7 percent of the vote and Roy Moore, the judge who was the Republican nominee in the 2017 special election, trailed with only 7 percent.
Sessions, 73, left the U.S. Senate seat he held for decades in 2017 to become President Donald Trumps attorney general. Sessions left in November 2018. A year later, he announced the bid for his former seat.
Jones, 65, handily beat Moore, 73, in the special election held after Sessions joined Trumps cabinet.
Jones ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face thRead More – Source