Alabama Senate race tests Trump, McConnell reach

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama voters will be casting ballots Tuesday in party primaries for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Voting begins at 7 a.m.

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 a 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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