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Trump-backed football coach beats ex-Attorney General for Alabama Senate nomination

Jeff Sessions had resigned as Trump’s attorney general in 2017.

Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.
Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.
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FORMER US ATTORNEY general Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to a former American football coach endorsed by President Donald Trump.

Sessions was defeated in yesterday’s Republican run-off by former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, who the president tweeted “will be a GREAT Senator”.

The 73-year-old had held the seat for two decades before resigning to become Trump’s attorney general in 2017.

He resigned in November 2018, announcing it to the president in a letter which said the move came at “your request”.

The decision to leave his post came after he endured more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over his recusal from the investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Tweet by @Donald J. Trump Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter

Sessions was gracious to his opponent and to his former boss as he stood alone on stage in a hotel meeting room in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, as members of his family looked on.

He said: “He is our Republican nominee. We must stand behind him in November.”

He said he remains a supporter of the president’s agenda but made clear that he has no regrets: “I leave elected office with my integrity intact.”

But Sessions’s statements of continued loyalty have never been enough for Trump, who endorsed Tuberville after Alabama’s March primary.

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He declared on Twitter at the time that Mr Sessions had “let our Country down” and that Mr Tuberville would be the “true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!”.

He continued the broadsides throughout the primary campaign, and he crowed yesterday evening on Twitter shortly after The Associated Press called the race for  Tuberville.

The 65-year-old Mr Tuberville is now positioned to put up a strong challenge against Democratic Senator Doug Jones.

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