The Latest: Trump makes final push in Alabama Senate race

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on Alabama’s GOP primary (all times local):

8:03 a.m.

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange is billing himself as the “true conservative” as voters go to the polls in the state’s special GOP primary runoff election.

Strange called a supportive conservative talk show on Birmingham’s WERC radio after voting Tuesday. He made a final plea for support in his race against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore is casting Strange as being part of the problem in Washington since he’s supported by the GOP establishment. But Strange denies that and says he’s only trying to get President Donald Trump’s agenda passed through Congress.

A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has pumped millions of dollars into the Alabama race on behalf of Strange. But Strange says he only met McConnell a few months ago and denies being close to him.

The winner of the Republican runoff will face Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the general election.

7:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is making a final push for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s GOP primary.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday: “Luther Strange has been shooting up in the Alabama polls since my endorsement. Finish the job – vote for ‘Big Luther.'”

The Alabama primary is being closely watched to see how much political sway Trump still has in the populist, conservative movement that helped send him to the White House.

Strange, the establishment-backed incumbent, is locked in a tight race with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore is a jurist known for pushing unsuccessfully for the public display of the Ten Commandments and opposing gay marriage. He is backed by some of Trump’s most ardent supporters and has the support of Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon.

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4:25 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama’s GOP primary that has pitted President Donald Trump against a former top adviser.

Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Strange in Alabama ahead of Tuesday’s runoff. Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon endorsed Moore, arguing he’s a better fit for the “populist, nationalist, conservative movement.”

The two Republicans are vying for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat. The winner will face Democrat Doug Jones in December.

Strange, the state’s former attorney general, was appointed to the seat in February. Moore is the state’s former chief justice. He was twice ousted from those duties over stands against gay marriage and for the public display of the Ten Commandments.

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