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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Report: Trump Backing Off Support for Luther Strange in AL Sen Race

A Washington Post report out Friday says President Donald Trump could be easing his support of Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in his race for the U.S. Senate.


Strange, who finished second in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election Republican primary earlier this month, is up against former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, the top vote-getter in that contest, in a runoff scheduled for September 26.
The Post report written by Robert Costa, Sean Sullivan and David Weigel said the president was “considering turning his focus away” from the Moore-Strange match-up.
Trump’s support for Strange came in the form of several tweets and a robo-call in the late stages of the Republican primary.

Sources told the Post not to expect that level of support for next month’s runoff.
“[T]rump is considering being less engaged than in the first round of voting, when he tweeted his support and recorded a robo-call for the senator, they said — potentially turning the contest into yet another example of the frayed relationship between Trump and McConnell,” Costa, Sullivan and Weigel wrote.
The Post said another reason for the Trump not playing as active of a role in this round voting was the possibility that a loss for Strange could “tarnish” Trump’s image and impact the perception of his influence in the 2018 midterm elections.

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