It wasn’t the surprise win we had hoped for, but it wasn’t the feared embarrassing defeat either.
In Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) narrowly ended up in a runoff with Republican Katie Britt, former chief of staff to outgoing Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).
Despite heavily defeating Britt Brooks and Army veteran Mike Durant, she was kept just under the 50 percent hurdle to avoid a runoff. And while she looked like she would ultimately beat Brooks by about 20 points, the race is far from over.
Durant has previously said he will beg his supporters to vote for Brooks in the runoff, and his constituents could change the dynamics of the race.
Above all, of course, there is another confirmation: that of former President Donald Trump.
Trump initially supported Brooks. But months later, in March, he rescinded his blessing after Brooks failed to find traction. Trump said he withdrew his support because Brooks stopped talking about the 2020 election and “woke up,” but it was also notable that Brooks was consistently second or third in the polls at the time — even with Trump’s support.
When Trump withdrew his approval, it looked like it would be the death knell for Brooks.
Not so fast.
Though Brooks is far from the favorite in the race right now, he’s not dead yet. The momentum of the race could work for Brooks ahead of the June 21 runoff if only the most devoted voters emerge. That’s usually good news for the more conservative candidate in a Republican primary — especially in a state like Alabama.
Nonetheless, Britt appears to be in the best position to ultimately take the win.
Britt has benefited from Shelby’s support as well as $2 million from a group allied with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). She ran as the incumbent Republican favorite while trying to appeal to Trump voters, who couldn’t help but notice Brooks was losing Trump’s support.
But ultimately, Trump might actually get back in the running and back Britt, actually trick Brooks.
When he withdrew his endorsement, Trump said he would make a new endorsement “in the near future.” He never did, but that doesn’t mean he won’t now.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/mo-brooks-barely-hangs-on-to-get-to-runoff-with-katie-britt-in-alabama-senate-race?source=articles&via=rss Mo Brooks barely lasts to get into the runoff with Katie Britt in Alabama’s Senate race