President Donald Trump on Tuesday endorsed Senator Luther Strange in his special election campaign, dealing a major victory to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has signaled that Strange is his pick to win in next week’s race, The Hill reports.
“Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Strange has the backing of McConnell and his allies, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which has angered other candidates by treating Strange as the incumbent in the special election.
Meanwhile, the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), a super PAC allied with the majority leader, has poured millions into the special election and attacked Representative Mo Brooks, one of the candidates running against Strange.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore currently leads the field of Republican candidates in the polls.
Moore in an ad released Monday slammed McConnell’s “D.C. slime machine” drawing on Trump’s campaign rhetoric calling to drain the swamp.
Strange was appointed to the seat by former Governor Robert Bentley in February following the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The special election will take place on August 15 and will move onto a runoff election in September with the top two contenders if no one wins a majority. The general election will be held in December.