May 24, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Alabama's GOP Senate primary heads to runoff

Katie Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala). Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call and Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The race for the Republican nomination for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat is headed to a runoff between Katie Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks, the AP reported.

Why it matters: The contest for retiring Sen. Richard Shelby's open seat became one of the more prominent primary elections, after Brooks received — and then lost — President Trump's endorsement.

State of play: No candidate won more than 50% of Tuesday’s vote, leading to a runoff on June 21.

The backdrop: Brooks, Katie Britt and Mike Durant (whose experiences were chronicled in "Black Hawk Down") were all seen as front-runners in the ongoing race.

  • Candidates Lillie Boddie, Karla M. Dupriest and Jake Schafer muddied the waters, per AP.

The big picture: A recent poll from the Alabama Daily News and Gray TV showed both Britt and Brooks on the rise in the Senate race.

  • Britt is considered an establishment candidate, having served as chief of staff to Shelby, while Brooks is a staunch House Freedom Caucus member who pushed to overturn the 2020 election results.
  • He fell out of favor with Trump after telling a rally "put that behind you" referring to the election and "look forward" to 2022, resulting in boos from the audience.
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