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He did it! President endorses Tuberville in senate race

Tommy Tuberville, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks to WTVY on January 28, 2020
Tommy Tuberville, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks to WTVY on January 28, 2020(WTVY News 4)
Published: Mar. 10, 2020 at 9:42 PM CDT
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Tommy Tuberville had a good day Tuesday. He received encouraging poll results, taped a segment for Alabama Public Television, and then received a key endorsement.

President Trump sent several tweets Tuesday night claiming the former Auburn head football coach, “will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down!”

Even before that endorsement, Tuberville appeared to have widened his lead over Sessions who, as U.S. attorney general, had a public spat with Trump.

The firm Cygnal polled 645 likely Republican voters in the days following Super Tuesday. Tuberville received 52 percent support to Sessions’ 40 percent. The remainder have not decided on their choice.

In the March 3 primary, Tuberville finished with 33 percent of the vote to Sessions, a former U.S. Senator, with 32 percent.

The runoff will be March 31.

In an email, Tuberville thanked Trump for his support and lashed out at his opponent.

"The President doesn’t trust Jeff Sessions. Neither should ANY Alabama conservative," he said.

(This story updated to reflect Tuberville's reaction to endorsement.)