A former college football coach defeated the previous U.S. attorney general at the U.S. Senate election in Alabama. Tommy Tuberville ended Jeff Sessions’s comeback bid after easily winning the Republican Senate primary runoff in the Yellowhammer State, on July 14.
According to the Ballotpedia website, the first-time politician secured more than 60 percent of over 538,000 votes counted at the time of publication. Sessions, who President Donald Trump dismissed from his former U.S. attorney general role, only secured about 39 percent of the vote and is unlikely to return to his former congressional seat.
“[I will fight for] the same God-given principles that my father and other members of the greatest generation fought for so many years ago,” Tuberville said in his victory speech, according to The Associated Press.
The newswire service correctly predicted Tuberville would win the race only 90 minutes into the counting process, partly due to the Oval Office’s endorsement of his candidacy.
“Wow, [I] just called Tommy Tuberville [who] won big against Jeff Sessions,” the president said on Twitter “[Tuberville] will be a great senator for the incredible people of Alabama.”
According to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the winner will face off against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who voted in favor of impeaching the president and supports allowing mothers to have late-term abortion procedures.
“Doug Jones is a terrible senator who is just a super liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi,” the president said on Twitter. “Represents Alabama poorly, on to Nov. 3.”
Sessions, who controversially withdrew from the official investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 general election, accepted defeat and said he had no regrets.
“I was honored to serve the people of Alabama, and I was extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments we had as attorney general,” he said. “I did the right thing and I saved the president’s bacon in the process. Any other action to try to squelch an investigation in that environment would not have worked … I leave elected office with my integrity intact.”