In addition to her bid for a second term as governor, Kay Ivey is fielding several contenders for the Senate seat she currently holds, including Katie Britt, Mo Brooks, and Mike Durant.
A variety of primary votes are being held across Alabama today, with a particular focus on the U.S. Senate seat that retiring Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., would leave vacant and the governor’s mansion up for grabs for two prominent Republican candidates.
Representative Mo Brooks, R-Ala., a conservative congressman who was endorsed by then-President Trump but later lost his support; and Mike Durant, an Alabama businessman and former Army pilot involved in the infamous “Black Hawk Down” incident, are the leading Republican candidates in the Senate race.
Lillie Boddie, Karla DuPriest, and Jake Schafer are among those vying for the Republican nomination in the Senate contest.
In Tuesday’s primaries, observers believe it’s impossible to tell whether the nomination will be decided. A runoff on June 21 will be necessary if no contender receives more than 50% of the vote on Tuesday because of the fragmentation of the field.
He endorsed Brooks last year and has spoken out on numerous other Alabama elections this Tuesday. Later, Trump withdrew his support for Brooks after accusing him of being “woke” when he reminded voters in the state that the time had come to focus on the elections of 2022 and 2024. After Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election, Brooks was one of the few members of Congress to show overwhelming support for the Trump administration.