Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville set for runoff in U.S. Senate race

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The Latest in Jeff Sessions fight to gain back Senate seat in 2020

11 p.m.

After a close race, Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will head to a runoff on March 31. Neither candidate was able to gain more than half of the votes.

Tuberville outstood Sessions with about 1% more votes Tuesday night. The question now lies with who will capture the remaining voters from candidates Bradley Byrne and Roy Moore who lost in the Senate race.

During Sessions’ post-watch party speech he thanked his supporters who attended and his team behind him. Sessions’ was confident in his camp’s ability to soar through the runoff.

“I’m not running for fame, I’m not running for money,” Sessions said, “I’m running to lead the charge.”

He remained adamant that he will support President Donald Trump’s agenda reminding supporters that he was the first U.S. Senator to endorse the president during his first presidential bid. Sessions also looked ahead to what is to come if he is voted into the Senate calling out Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).

“Doug Jones’ brief visit in the United States Senate is just about over,” Sessions said.

However, before Sessions tackles Jones, he will first have to outlast Tuberville in the Republican Senate race come March 31.

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4 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. (WIAT) — Heading into election day, Jeff Sessions told CBS 42 he is confident in the state of Alabama to make the right decision and vote for him on election day.

Sessions is running for the Republican Senate seat, a seat he held for 20 years before becoming the United States Attorney General in 2017. His close relationship with President Donald Trump began to deteriorate after Sessions recused himself from the Russian-Trump campaign investigation. It was not long after, Sessions was requested to resign as Attorney General.

During the campaign trail, Sessions made one point clear: that he still supports President Donald Trump and his agenda. Sessions was the first sitting U.S. senator to endorse Trump during his presidential bid.  During a CBS 42 Morning News interview with Art Franklin (video above), Sessions said a vote for him as the Republican Senator is a vote in favor of what President Trump believes in.

Sessions voted this morning in Mobile at his designated polling place. He spoke with reporters and has had a busy morning. His campaign communication director tells us he had a speech this morning, spoke at a few radio stations and is also spending time with family.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Sessions tweeted encouraging voters to get out to vote.

Sessions believes voters will support him for the position he once held until he became Attorney General for President Trump. Although their relationship has been on the rocks and it has led to attacks from his competitors, Sessions says he is a strong supporter of the president’s agenda and does not have any concerns about their relationship if elected.

This Republican Senate race is expected to be a tight one, running against the likes of Bradley Byrne and Tommy Tuberville. Sessions tells CBS 42 he will still be satisfied to get a run-off.

We expect to hear from Sessions Tuesday evening. This story will be updated as more information comes in. Stay with CBS 42.


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