UPDATE (9 a.m.) – Polls have opened across Alabama as voters cast ballots in party primary elections for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the post temporarily, is seeking to fight off challengers that include former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.
President Donald Trump has endorsed Strange and recorded automatic phone calls on his behalf.
Brooks has criticized Strange’s backing by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Democratic contenders include former U.S. attorney Doug Jones, environmentalist Michael Hansen and Navy veteran Robert Kennedy, Jr.
The primaries will go to a runoff unless a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday.
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Daphne, AL (WKRG) – Thousands of people will be heading to the polls across the state today. Voters will cast their ballot in the primary election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to be Attorney General of the United States.
Watch News 5 This Morning for a live report from the Daphne Civic Center. It’s one of the busiest polling places in Baldwin County. It’s also where Trip Pittman will be casting his ballot. He’s the only Republican candidate from the Gulf Coast, and he’s working on an outside shot of making it to a runoff.
On the Republican side, the race seems to be focused on three candidates with the most name recognition. Former Attorney General Luther Strange currently holds the seat and appears to be the front-runner. Strange had the most name recognition in November when it was clear Sessions would be leaving the Senate. It will be interesting to see how much Strange’s “Bentley Baggage” plays into today’s vote. Strange was appointed to the seat by former Governor Bentley while many believed the state Attorney General’s office was investigating Bentley for possible corruption in office. Some in the state saw that appointment as a corrupt bargain.
Other big names in the race include Congressman Mo Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
With nine Republicans and seven Democrats in the race, a run-off election is likely.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.