Britt defeats Brooks in Alabama’s U.S. Senate primary, winning 66 of 67 counties

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Longtime U.S. Senator from Alabama Richard Shelby’s announcement last year that he would not seek another term sparked a race to replace him – including a Republican primary that saw nearly $30 million in spending.

But now the race to succeed him has narrowed to just two major candidates.

Shelby’s favorite choice – her former senior aide Katie Britt – won the Republican primary runoff on Tuesday, beating Huntsville-area U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks. Britt is now set to face Democrat Will Boyd in the November election.

Britt has not held political office, but that didn’t seem to bother voters on Tuesday.

The latest News 19 poll, in cooperation with The Hill and Emerson College, taken eight days before Tuesday’s vote, found Britt at 50% and Brooks at 33%, with a 17% bloc of undecided voters. But on Tuesday, Britt did much better than that, winning with 63% of the vote.

The candidates both spoke to supporters last night, offering starkly different messages.

“We’re sending Washington DC the exact opposite of what we need in the US Senate,” Brooks told supporters in Huntsville. “But voters have spoken, they may not have spoken wisely, they may have been seduced by brazenly false advertisements, but nonetheless they have spoken and I respect their will. Now another loser could be me -even and our campaign, I reject that. Hell, we did what we could do for our country, against virtually overwhelming odds, overwhelming financial odds more than anything else.

Britt, who celebrated with supporters in Montgomery, said he listened to voters.

“This is for you, what I want you to know, all the amazing people we have met across this state, you have shared with us your hopes, dreams, fears, concerns, challenges and opportunities “Britt says. “Too often, politicians come to lecture us instead of listening to us. And what I want you to know is that I hear you.

The run-off saw a number of key differences from the May 24 primary. Brooks won five counties in the primary, Blount, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and Shelby. On Tuesday, his only winning margin was in Shelby County.

Britt beat Brooks in her home county of Madison, 51% to 48%. Turnout was 23% for the primary, but just 12.7% for the second round, a difference of 245,000 fewer voters in the Senate race.

Final campaign reports for the race have not been submitted, but data through early June shows Britt has spent at least $6 million and Brooks has spent $3.4 million, according to court records. Federal Election Commission.

Campaign finance watchdog, opensecrets.org reports that Britt had spent at least $8.5 from outside groups on her behalf, while Brooks had at least $3 million from outside groups.


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