Alabama Senate hopeful Katie Britt received the most votes in the state’s GOP primary on Tuesday evening but failed to secure more than 50% support and will now face Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) in a primary runoff on June 21.
Britt, outgoing Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s former chief of staff, secured 44.76% of the vote, according to Decision Desk HQ. Brooks received 29.16%.
Brooks previously had the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, but he yanked that support after Brooks told his followers to move on from the 2020 presidential election. Britt, in turn, has been marketing herself as the true “America First” candidate.
“Thank you, Alabama! What an incredible night! We still have a lot of work to do. But I’m ready to take on the fight. We’re going to win on June 21! I’ll hit the ground running on day one as Alabama’s next U.S. Senator,” Britt tweeted. “And I’ll always put America and Alabama First.”
Thank you, Alabama! What an incredible night!
We still have a lot of work to do.
But I’m ready to take on the fight. We’re going to win on June 21!
I’ll hit the ground running on day one as Alabama’s next U.S. Senator.
And I’ll always put America and Alabama First. #alsen pic.twitter.com/EIhxbGJkCS
— Katie Britt for AL (@KatieBrittforAL) May 25, 2022
Prior to the election, Britt zeroed in on her support for Trump’s America First agenda.
“Not only am I the only candidate in the race who’s actually voted for the president every single time he’s been on the ballot, but also I’ve had the opportunity to work on the America First agenda. I understand it. I know what it means,” Britt claimed in a recent interview with Fox News.
Britt added that she has relayed to Trump why she’s “the best candidate to advance the America First agenda.” The Alabama frontrunner is also clearly making this a campaign against President Joe Biden’s record.
“Everyone has seen that our country was moving in the right direction under President Trump, and now under Joe Biden it is a disaster. I mean, there is no doubt that we are weaker and more vulnerable every single day that Joe Biden is the president,” Britt added.
Brooks, meanwhile, has received the support of folks like Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
“When it comes to Donald Trump, every Republican candidate on earth professes their allegiance to President Trump,” Cruz told an audience recently. “The reason I’m here is because I’ve seen this man stand and fight. Talk is cheap,” he added in praise of Brooks’ policies.
Women for America First, a non-profit dedicated to advancing America First principles, also endorsed Brooks.
“We know he’s the best candidate to represent the state of Alabama while working to Make America Great Again,” Women for America First Chairwoman Amy Kremer said in a statement on Monday. He has a battle-tested record of being a conservative fighter. If elected, he will continue that work with other conservatives in the US Senate to defend our Constitutional rights.”