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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is putting his po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal on the line in a big way in Alabama’s closely con­tested Se­nate race. The pres­i­dent, who has pre­vi­ously en­dorsed Sen. Luther Strange, said he will travel to Huntsville on Satur­day to cam­paign with him just days be­fore a Repub­li­can pri­mary runoff elec­tion for the seat once held by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions. Trump broke the news Satur­day night with a tweet call­ing “Big Luther” — Strange is 6foot-3 — a “great guy.” His visit would come three days be­fore a runoff elec­tion be­tween Strange and Roy Moore, Alabama’s for­mer chief jus­tice. The win­ner faces Demo­crat Doug Jones in De­cem­ber to de­ter­mine who will fill the re­main­der of Ses­sions’ term. Trump’s full tweet: I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Satur­day night to sup­port Luther Strange for Se­nate. “Big Luther” is a great guy who gets things done! Strange, who was ap­pointed to the Se­nate after Ses­sions re­signed this year, ad­vanced to the Sept. 26 runoff after fin­ish­ing se­cond by 25,000 votes to Moore. Strange also has the en­dorse­ment of Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell of Ken­tucky.


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