In a state where Trump received more than 60 percent of the vote, his approval was widespread. Brooks and his rival, businesswoman Lynda Blanchard, had campaigned aggressively in support of the former president.
It’s a blow to Blanchard, who has touted her previous role as U.S. ambassador to Slovenia and is already committed to spending $ 5 million of her own fortune on the race. Blanchard, who donated a lot for Trump, started her campaign last month with an advertisement calling herself a “proud member of the MAGA movement”. The spot featured a picture of their pickup truck adorned with a Trump bumper sticker.
But Blanchard insisted she had no plans to get out of the race, saying in a statement that she was “steadfast in my commitment to this race, to the people of Alabama, and in my support for President Donald J. Trump” .
“I have steadfastly supported President Trump since the day he came down the escalator in June 2015. He’s the greatest president of my life, and I intend to go to Washington as a United States Senator from Alabama to see the US.” represent the first agenda that President Trump advocated every day, “said Blanchard.
Brooks, first elected to the House in 2010, became a staunch ally of Trump. The congressman was a speaker at the January 6 pro-Trump rally that preceded the Capitol uprising. Brooks, 66, urged the crowd to “write down names and kick their asses”.
He has the support of Trump advisor Stephen Miller, who joined Brooks when he launched his campaign last month. Miller is a former aide to former Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
The two candidates run to replace retirement Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who has held the seat since 1987. Trump’s approval could deter other potential candidates from entering the race. The list of potential candidates includes former Shelby Chief of Staff Katie Britt, Secretary of State John Merrill and Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh.
The former president enjoyed his role as GOP kingmaker and bestowed his imprimatur to 2022 contenders who have shown the utmost allegiance. Trump’s endorsements in next year’s Senate races have so far gone to established GOP incumbents who supported his agenda, including Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Mike Crapo of Idaho and John Kennedy of Louisiana.
But Trump’s Alabama endorsement doesn’t necessarily have to seal Brooks’ victory. During a special election in 2017 as a replacement for sessions, Trump initially endorsed the earlier interim period and advocated it Senator Luther Strange, who lost the Republican nomination to former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roy Moore. Trump then endorsed Moore – who had been charged with underage sexual misconduct – in the final days of the race against Democrat Doug Jones, which Jones narrowly won.