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By Joseph Axe
(Reuters) – Donald Trump’s swings with Republican voters face a new test on Tuesday in Alabama, where Rep. Mo Brooks will attempt to win the U.S. Senate’s nomination. Republican even after the former president turned his endorsement to Brooks’ opponent, Katie Britt.
In Virginia, Republican Senator Jen Kiggans, a Navy veteran, reportedly won the competition to face Elaine Luria, who, along with Abigail Spanberger, was one of two US representatives. The state’s vulnerable Democrat will run for re-election on Nov. 8 midterm.
With Democratic President Joe Biden’s approval rating underwater, Republicans are prioritized for control of the House of Representatives, where they only need to flip 5 Democratic seats for a majority and could also take over the Senate. institute.
A Republican-controlled House of Representatives could thwart much of Biden’s legislative agenda while launching politically damaging investigations into his administration.
In Alabama, Britt and Brooks are looking to succeed retired Republican Richard Shelby. Britt is Shelby’s former chief of staff and leads a statewide business team, while Brooks served 12 years in the House of Representatives.
The two advanced to a sprint competition after finishing ahead of the third contender in May.
Trump initially supported Brooks, a staunch ally who repeated his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Brooks gave a fiery speech to Trump supporters in Washington on January 6, 2021, before some of them stormed the US Capitol trying to prevent Biden from certifying the victory. .
But Trump rescinded his endorsement three months ago, after Brooks at a rally with the former president urged Republicans to put 2020 after them.
Ten days before Tuesday’s election, Trump endorsed Britt, who has taken the lead in recent polls.
Trump, who is considering another run for the White House in 2024, endorsed about 200 candidates in 2022, with mixed results in states including Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Tuesday’s winner will be far more popular in November than the Democratic nominee, Secretary of State Will Boyd.
In Virginia, Republicans’ statewide success in 2021, highlighted by Governor Glenn Youngkin’s victory, has given them confidence they can overturn two seats held by Democrats.
Luria, a former Navy officer, and Spanberger, a former CIA counterterrorism officer, were deemed vulnerable in November due to the pro-Republican national political climate.
Luria was a member of the House committee that on January 6 held a series of high-profile televised hearings examining Trump’s role in the Capitol riots.
As predicted by Edison Research, Kiggans, who has the support of the leadership of the House of Representatives, won the four-party nomination contest on Tuesday and will face Luria in November.
With about 40% of the estimated vote, a number of Republicans were locked in a tight fight for the right to take Spanberger, according to Edison, including State Senator Bryce Reeves, a veteran of the campaign. military and Yesli Vega, an adjunct deputy sheriff confirmed by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
Trump disapproved of anyone in either race, although the candidates have sought to position themselves as his supporters.