Coach Tuberville to Take on Senator Jones

The Story:

On Tuesday, Alabama’s Republicans voted to make Tommy Tuberville their nominee for the US Senate post now held by Doug Jones (D). Tuberville easily defeated former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the primary run-off, 61% to 39%.

Background:

Tuberville, who will turn 66 in September, is a former college football coach. He led an Alabama team, the Auburn Tigers, to an undefeated season in 2004, which they capped by beating Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl.

Tuberville benefited in the contest with Sessions from the support of President Donald Trump, who is quite popular in Alabama. Trump tweeted that Tuberville is a “REAL LEADER” (caps in original) who will never let down the cause of MAGA.

The Thing to Know:

Tuberville’s November opponent, Doug Jones, is widely considered one of the weakest incumbent Senators seeking reelection this year. His victory in the special election of 2017 came about largely due to the emergence of accusations that his opponent, Judge Roy Moore, had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with very young women. (Moore said that the allegations were “completely false.”)

On the reasonable assumption that no analogous accusations now appear regarding Tuberville, Senator Jones may find himself with an uphill fight this year.

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