Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

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U.S. President Donald Trump will campaign Friday at a rally in Alabama on behalf of Senator Luther Strange, an establishment-backed Republican candidate who has trailed opponent Roy Moore in a special runoff election.

The president endorsed Luther Strange, a former state attorney general who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and he has repeatedly encouraged Alabamians to vote for Strange in the Republican primary runoff election on Tuesday.

The otherwise pro-Trump Great America Alliance - an affiliate of the Great America PAC - organized an event Thursday in support of the GOP candidate the president wants to lose during Tuesday's special election primary: former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

While Trump is stumping for Strange, Moore is getting support from former deputy assistant to Trump, Sebastian Gorka, as well as from Sarah Palin. If he can win there, he will face Democrat Doug Jones.

Strange, 64 and dubbed "Big Luther" because he is 6-foot-9, has been backed by almost $9 million of advertising from a McConnell-allied political action committee.

During a debate on Thursday night, unusual said he has developed a "close personal friendship" with the president, and he mentioned Trump's endorsement again and again and again.

Moore has stressed that the race could send a message.

Steven Law, who runs the Senate Leadership Fund, which is on pace to spend more than $9 million to keep Strange in the Senate, said "the best booster rocket that Luther Strange could have is Donald Trump coming in in the last few days". The president and other party leaders have endorsed Sen.

"The president supports me", odd said in his opening remarks.

Moore, widely known across Alabama, finished first in an August primary with 39% of the vote - 25,000 votes ahead of unusual. "We both come from the same background, the same mission, the same motivation to make this country great again". And he and his surrogates have been shrewd in painting his candidacy as a vote for Trump even though Trump's backing the other guy in the race.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has spent more than $3.5 million to boost odd.

"A vote for Judge Moore isn't a vote against the president". Moore in the Senate could end up as a populist scold against the White House, holding Trump to account on his campaign promises, which I'm sure is exactly what Steve Bannon's hoping for.

"What's happening in Alabama is being watched in the halls of Congress and the Senate", Moore said at a rally over the weekend.

As a major voice in the media, Bannon is using his influence to make sure a champion of true conservative values will soon represent Christians in the state of Alabama. He spent most of last night's debate with Moore recounting his bromance with POTUS, so desperate is he to peel away some of Moore's populist support.

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