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Alabama: Jeff Sessions, Tommy Tuberville Head to Runoff Election for U.S. Senate

Alabama: Jeff Sessions, Tommy Tuberville Head to Runoff Election for U.S. Senate

Runoff on March 31st.

Between the Crash and Bern and Warren coming in third in her home state, Super Tuesday was awesome. While much of our attention is on the Democrat presidential primary, there was an interesting development in Alabama.

Former Senator and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to secure the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat and now faces a runoff election on March 31st. Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville won 33.4% of the vote to Sessions’ 31.6%.

NBC News reports:

Former Sen. Jeff Sessions and onetime Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville were neck and neck in the Republican primary race for the Senate on Tuesday night and will face off in a runoff election later this month, NBC News projects.

. . . . Tuberville had 33.4 percent and Sessions took 31.6 percent, with 99 percent reporting.

“I will fight for Alabama every day, and we will win the Republican nomination on March 31,” Sessions told a crowd of supporters Tuesday night. He argued that he was a proven and vetted supporter of President Donald Trump and said Tuberville would be further vetted during the next phase of the race.

Sessions was a popular Senator in Alabama before leaving his seat to become President Trump’s Attorney General. He was the first Senator to endorse Trump. Over the course of his tenure as AG, however, Sessions lost the president’s confidence and was eventually pushed out. You can read our coverage of Sessions here.

Trump, apparently, is still not happy with Sessions and expressed as much on Twitter Wednesday morning.^tfw

Tuberville replied:

Tuberville has positioned himself as a Trump supporter and potential ally in the Senate.

It’s a good ad. If interested, you can check out where he stands on the issues here.

Watch Tuberville after the Tuesday vote:

Sessions’ ad is also good.

For his part, Sessions is countering by calling Tuberville a “tourist” from Florida and reminding voters of his accomplishments throughout his political career.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports:

The result sets up a four-week race between the top two vote-getters after an extended election campaign that was almost entirely focused on which Republican was most loyal to Trump and with very few state issues.

Both candidates indicated they would continue to argue about who was most userful to Trump in remarks to supporters Tuesday evening.

“We’re going to overtime, and I know someone who knows how to win in overtime,” Tuberville said. “We’re going to finish what President Trump started when he looked at Jeff Sessions from across the table and said you’re fired.”

Sessions fired back later in the evening, calling Tuberville “a tourist from Florida” and accusing him of not standing by the president as he had.

“Anyone can say they are for the Trump agenda,” Sessions said. “But talk is cheap. But I have fought on the great issues of our day and won. I have stood alone on facts and principles and won.”

Sessions also cites his strong record on border control and the Second Amendment.

Watch Sessions after the Tuesday vote:

It will be interesting to see who wins the Alabama GOP runoff to face Sen. Doug Jones (D) in November.


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Sessions is damaged goods now.

    IneedAhaircut in reply to maxmillion. | March 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Why vote for a guy that’s just going to retire again in 6 years? Vote for someone who can hold the seat for several terms.

    Sessions, you’re dead to me.

      4fun in reply to pfg. | March 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm

      He was a lousy AG, but from a lot of posts on other sites they liked him as their senator. So maybe he went a bit above his capabilities? He did endorse Trump early on.
      My question is how many “cheerleaders” will come out of the woodwork on Tuberville for sexist stuff? And how will he handle it all? You know the dems are already out there with the wallet open for stories.
      And if they do, will it work again like the last election? Or will Jones be handed his head for voting impeachment?

Mark Michael | March 5, 2020 at 3:20 pm

As long as either one is a Republican who votes with the Senate Republicans the vast majority of the time, I’m not that concerned about which one wins. (I realize Tommy Tuberville has never held elected public office, so perhaps he’s a little more questionable as to how he’ll vote when he gets to Washington.)

Hmm. Is Sessions wins, will he hold a grudge against Trump and occasionally vote against him out of spite? I hope not.

OleDirtyBarrister | March 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Tow really bad choices in the runoff. It could only be worse if crazy Roy Moore was still around.

The fact that Snuffy Session captured less of the vote than Tubby indicates how damaged and weak his brand is now.

    OleDirtyBarrister in reply to OleDirtyBarrister. | March 5, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Dang lack of editing.

    It should say “Two”.

    “Crazy Roy” Moore is still around. It was a little surprising to see his name on the Tuesday ballot. I think he ended up with ~7% of the total vote, which shows some people will always refuse to see past the ends of their noses.

    I saw an interview many years ago where some of Tubbie’s coaching staff talked about how he sometimes acted on the football field. The statement was made (paraphrasing – I’ve slept since then) that he will lose his temper but he never loses control. In other words, he knows what he’s doing when it might look like he doesn’t. I think we need somebody like that. His not being a professional politician is just icing on the cake.

      OleDirtyBarrister in reply to DSHornet. | March 5, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      My point is that he is not in the runoff, and thus, he really is not “still around” in this election.

Sessions could have been a contender but ended up a traitor

    txvet2 in reply to gonzotx. | March 5, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    No, he ended up a poor choice and an object lesson for Trump. Let’s not define treason down when we have so many real traitors to deal with.

      gonzotx in reply to txvet2. | March 5, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      I’m pretty sure Trump believes Sessions was a traitor to him and we really don’t know why he did what he did and why he didn’t resign ( I know he did initially offer Trump his resignation, if you can believe that, ) It was disgusting what he allowed the Deep State to do to President Trump and I do believe he is connected to the Deep State and would cause nothing but trouble for President Trump.

        txvet2 in reply to gonzotx. | March 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm

        I don’t necessarily disagree with you, but the fact is that treason has a specific meaning, and that isn’t it. I don’t care what Trump thinks or tweets. He had his chances to fire Sessions, just as he did with Rosenstein or others who were disloyal to him, and he didn’t do it. That doesn’t change the fact that treason is a specific crime against the country, and we have quite a few REAL traitors to deal with. Let’s not confuse the issue by over-the-top rhetoric.

    audax in reply to gonzotx. | March 6, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Yes, Sessions WAS tested, and found wanting!

healthguyfsu | March 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

I am hesitant about Tubberville just because it’s Alabama and they are religious about their football loyalties.

I’d hope that not many would divide on politics over his affiliation with one of the two big rivals, but I’m sure there are a subset of voters who would do just that…the question is how many are that ignorant?

The good news is if no dirt comes out on him then he’s probably pretty clean. There’s not a bigger microscope in America than hovering over a major D1 college football program.

Gonna send some $$ to Tuberville.

Sessions is a spineless weasel. I have Ø respect for him personally or professionally because he did nothing to support his president or help the American people while he was in office.

And rather than go back to Alabama and do something good for his state, he wants to get back into the limelight.


    Tom Servo in reply to tiger66. | March 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    I agree – I’m sick to death of these old farts trying to hang onto power when their time is done. Go home, Sessions! It’s time.

    Similarly in Oklahoma today, although I’ve always liked Sen. Inhofe before, I hated hearing that he was intending to run for re-election at age 85. These politicians get to D.C. and they can’t let go of the power until it’s ripped from their skeletal fingers.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tom Servo. | March 5, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Inhofe used to make at least one national appearance a year with his wasteful government practices list didn’t he?

      Just like the ground hog………

Sessions is a short version of Willard.

I think Jeff Sessions time has come and gone.

inspectorudy | March 5, 2020 at 4:54 pm

Sessions took the advice of Rosenstein, about recusing himself! How could an intelligent person do that? Sessions knew in his heart that he had not colluded with any Russians but was so fearful of peer pressure that he folded on the first day in office. Did he think to ask Trump about it? A man would have defied the DoJ staff and the msm because he knew he was right. But not Sessions. Just fade away like you should Sessions.

OleDirtyBarrister | March 5, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Snuffy’s legal name is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III

Or as friends call him, “Jeffrey the Turd”.

SpaceInvader | March 5, 2020 at 5:44 pm

I live in Alabama. The only way I will vote for Sessions is if the President says he wants me to.

Katy L. Stamper | March 5, 2020 at 7:05 pm

With all due respect to all the commenters here, I will make a couple of observations:


****TRULY**** THE ****ONLY*** O N L Y ****


2. As said immigration hawk, he is the only one that works against increased immigration, illegal aliens, kneecapping our workers.

3. He gave us Stephen Miller.

4. **** He gave us Pres. Donald Trump. **** REMEMBER, Sessions was the FIRST senator to endorse Trump. All the rest were either running against him, or sour on him.

Was his decision to recuse “unforgiveable”? Not exactly.

It’s more an indication he doesn’t have the personality necessary to deal with that type of role.

He’s good in the senate. Who killed SB744 in 2013? I’m betting it was SESSIONS.

Tuberville talks about “conservative and Christian values.” Haven’t heard one damn peep about H-1B visas or killing Flores, or instituting mandatory E-Verify.

Wake up.

Substance over one serious error in the Wrong Job.

    He was great – until he sold us out.

      Katy L. Stamper in reply to | March 5, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      No Question What He Did Was WRONG.

      But show me ONE TRUE immigration HAWK in the Senate.

      I mean, through and through.

      Sessions proved himself on this issue.

      Tom Cotton had a nice bill. It went nowhere.

      David Perdue shared it with him.

      They aren’t carrying their own ball.


        We’ll elect a hawk: that’ll be the starting point of support.

        If we allow ourselves to be held hostage by the likes of session (that is, we have to elect him because he’s the devil we know), we’re doomed.

        It’s a new day. Sessions either sold us out, or he was incompetent. Either way: bye bye.

          Katy L. Stamper in reply to | March 5, 2020 at 10:38 pm

          Fine, I agree with Pres. Trump: Sessions didn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt.

          That is different than being a “devil.” It’s being a weak A.G.

          In the Senate he has a Proven Record of STOPPING BAD immigration bills.

          If you can guarantee me, and guarantee everyone who wants their children to live in the United States of America and not Mexico, that Tuberville will STOP BAD immigration bills, and do all that is necessary to stop the invasion of America, then I will concede he’s superior.

          But right now, Tuberville is a giant unknown.

          Sessions is a lock on anti-replacement of Americans no matter how bad an A.G. he was.

        I hear hitler was particularly good with dogs

Sessuons will never be trusted again.

Why am I not surprised that people hate that Sessions understands the importance of avoiding the appearance of impropriety, or that they think it is a negative that he worked as Attorney General and didn’t act like Trump’s private lawyer?

Frankly, it is those people in the Cabinet that act like Trumps private servants, and not the civil servants they are, who should never be trusted. Certainly not more trusted than those sycophants who’s campaign is about how they will be a rubber stamp for Trump.

Heck, I don’t even trust candidates who do nothing but make promises. I understand the need in this day and age to know where a candidate stands, but it is just as important if not more so that you understand the philosophical basis and core beliefs than just be given a checklist of promises.

    “Why am I not surprised that people hate that Sessions understands the importance of avoiding the appearance of impropriety, or that they think it is a negative that he worked as Attorney General and didn’t act like Trump’s private lawyer?…”

    You must be kidding. (No, you’re probably not.)

    Sessions didn’t act like PDJT’s lawyer. But he acted like the DNC’s lawyer.

    If sessions didn’t know what was coming coming in, he’s an idiot. No one think’s he’s an idiot. Is he a coward? No one thinks that. (If he was, he wouldn’t buck the GOPe by backing PDJT like he did.) That leaves only one choice: he was complicit.

    EVEN IF, he was completey honest in his ‘recusal’ (and at the behest of a blantant rat like rosenstein????), he’s just not as intelligent as we gave him credit for.

    Get rid of this old bastard.

      “You must be kidding. (No, you’re probably not.)”


      “Sessions didn’t act like PDJT’s lawyer. But he acted like the DNC’s lawyer.”

      No. He acted like the Attorney General. Criticize his job as AG all you want, but he has done less to help the DNC than all the sycophants and snake-oil salesmen surrounding Trump.

      “If sessions didn’t know what was coming coming in, he’s an idiot.”

      Oh, Heaven forbid that anyone think that their job in the Cabinet or Executive branch in general was to be anything else than a private minion of the President.

      I get it. Corporate types are used to thinking that rather than being charged with a duty, they are the bee’s knees and that the corporation’s interests and theirs is the same. This is why I don’t believe Trump was, or is, acting nefariously; it’s just a very different world he was in compared to either the public sector or the public themselves.

      “No one think’s he’s an idiot. Is he a coward? No one thinks that. (If he was, he wouldn’t buck the GOPe by backing PDJT like he did.) That leaves only one choice: he was complicit.”

      Again you conflate blind loyalty in service to the private interests of an individual with a conspiracy run by the Deep State/Stonecutters.

      “EVEN IF, he was completey honest in his ‘recusal’ (and at the behest of a blantant rat like rosenstein????), he’s just not as intelligent as we gave him credit for.”

      More intelligent than some, and certainly with far more solid values than many of the brown-nosers out there.

      “Get rid of this old bastard.”

      Better him than yet another sycophant who will be an unknown quantity once Trump leaves office.

        Firewatch in reply to The Political Hat. | March 6, 2020 at 10:19 am

        I recall a popular president who was elected as an unknown quantity. Sessions has shown himself to be untrustworthy. Time to roll the dice and take a chance.

          Katy L. Stamper in reply to Firewatch. | March 6, 2020 at 11:14 am

          If I am bleeding to death because I cut myself with a chainsaw, I would rather have a proven surgeon administering first aid to me, than someone who was good at criticizing the surgeon because he turned out to be a lousy hospital administrator, and whose main job in life was coaching football.

          When my existence is on the line, I choose the man I know can do the job, over the man who doesn’t even mention or notice I’m bleeding to death.

          Tuberville hasn’t said one word about illegal aliens, etc.

      Katy L. Stamper in reply to | March 6, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Fine, I think you and P. Hat are both incorrect.

      Trump thinks he lacked courage and wisdom. Said it in his tweet. I think Trump nailed it there. NAILED it.

      Sessions as part of the deep state, I don’t buy it for one second. Weak, yes; disingenuous due to his own ambition to be A.G., yes.

      Sessions was unfair to Pres. Trump by failing to inform him he intended to recuse on day one. That’s like taking a job knowing you can’t do it. That was totally totally wrong.

      He allowed the left to steamroll him. After all his years, he should have known the left’s tactics better than any of us and should have avoided the bait. He should have ignored his ambition to be A.G. That’s all it would have taken, since he didn’t have the sense or honesty to tell Trump he would recuse.

      But he’s great in the senate. He’s great at stopping the Great Replacement. And that is EXISTENTIAL.

      Unless Venezuela is your thing.

      As for P. Hat, I voted for Trump which means I want his policies to be implemented – not the policies of arrogant globalists who pretend they don’t “discriminate” against anyone. In fact they do: against Americans, constantly.

      If Donald Trump could be Cloned, and could take EVERY JOB in his administration, that tea would still be too weak for me. Trump isn’t doing mass deportations. I’m looking for that cattle trucks like I rode in, while in basic training in the Army.


        Sessions is a waste of a senate seat: he’s going to age-out too soon.

        Besides, the odor of his tenure as the swamp AG isn’t wearing off quick enough – it continues to linger. Keep him in the dog house, a place he’s earned.