Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KIM CHANDLER
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump is facing an awkward dynamic in the Republican runoff for Senate in Alabama.

Trump is backing the establishment candidate, incumbent Luther Strange. The maverick candidate who seems intent on roiling the Senate, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, has the support of many Trump backers, including his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Trump is set to campaign for Strange on Friday in Alabama.

Strange and Moore traded jabs at a Thursday night debate, with Strange stressing that Trump supports him and Moore arguing that the “elite Washington establishment” is trying to influence the race.

Another maverick Republican, former Gov. Sarah Palin, told Moore supporters at a Thursday rally that a vote for Moore isn’t a vote against Trump but a vote for the people’s agenda that elected Trump.

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