Former U.S. Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not be returning to his seat in the Senate after losing to former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville in an Alabama runoff election Tuesday night.
As of this writing, Mr. Tuberville leads Mr. Sessions by 23 points with 89% of the precincts reporting.
Mr. Sessions was only able to win three counties on Tuesday night: Mobile County (Sessions’ home), Madison County (the Huntsville metro), and Wilcox County. One county has not reported. The other 63, however, have gone to Mr. Tuberville.
The Sessions defeat offers President Trump his first successful pick in an Alabama Senate race. In 2017, Mr. Trump endorsed Luther Strange, the sitting Senator who had been appointed to replace Mr. Sessions after his appointment to Attorney General. Mr. Strange would go on to lose in the primary to former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Mr. Trump then endorsed Mr. Moore in the general election against Doug Jones, maintaining his support throughout allegations of sexual misconduct. Mr. Moore lost in the general election to Alabama’s current Senator, Doug Jones, a Democrat.
In his victory speech Tuesday night, Mr. Tuberville quickly turned to the general election against Mr. Jones, lamenting how the first Democrat elected by Alabama to the Senate in over twenty years spent his time impeaching “the best president we’ve ever had” instead of listening to the people of his state.
As of this writing, Mr. Sessions has yet to comment on the results of the election.
Mr. Trump however, wrote on Twitter that the election was “A GREAT WIN!”