Former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) attempted a political comeback by running in the GOP primary for the Senate seat he long held.
Sessions resigned the seat to serve as President Donald Trump's attorney general, before the two had a falling out.
"On Tuesday, Mr. Sessions lost the Alabama Senate Republican runoff election to Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach whose platform was largely a blanket promise to support the president at all times," The New York Times reports. The Daily Beast also projected that Tuberville had won.
"The loss most likely marks the end of Mr. Sessions’s three-decade political career, which included four terms as a senator and less than two years as Mr. Trump’s attorney general," The Times reported. "Mr. Sessions was once among Alabama’s most popular politicians, a deeply conservative Republican in a deeply conservative state. But in a testament to the president’s immense pull among the state’s Republicans, much of that good will evaporated the moment that Mr. Sessions, as attorney general, recused himself from the investigation into Russia’s influence in the 2016 election, and ignited in Mr. Trump a rage that has never seemed to dim."
Big Senate Race in Alabama on Tuesday. Vote for @TTuberville, he is a winner who will never let you down. Jeff Sess… https://t.co/AebCMzLCKH— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1594470975.0
Tuberville will face Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in November.
Here's some of what people were saying about Sessions defeat:
Wow, just called! @TTuberville - Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the in… https://t.co/Xwm1DtTib8— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1594777432.0
Ouch https://t.co/DAhGCyPdNo— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi) 1594776143.0
Say what you will about covid, the economy, Russian bounties, etc.: humiliating Jeff Sessions has been one of Trump… https://t.co/7lvkgyVYGt— Alex Burns (@Alex Burns) 1594776694.0
Everything trump touches dies, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions edition.— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1594775203.0
Quite the outcome for those members of Congress who first endorsed then candidate Trump: Sessions, Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein) 1594776503.0
Jeff Sessions is Reek without the redemption part. Have you ever seen someone with such little self respect?!— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1594776043.0
Wtf Alabama, Jeff Sessions made a glowing eye meme and kissed the President’s ass and everything and this is how yo… https://t.co/RkXfJyvOSS— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi) 1594774849.0
Sessions gave up a seat he held for decades for his dream job, where he spent years enduring attacks from the candi… https://t.co/WkED3UU6wn— Kaitlan Collins (@Kaitlan Collins) 1594777629.0
jeff sessions was the first senator to endorse trump. in exchange, he ends his political career with trump saying a… https://t.co/Cjn9sbcPd0— David Mack (@David Mack) 1594774433.0
Tommy Tuberville's 2011 Texas Tech team finished dead last in the nation in rushing defense, so a solid ground game… https://t.co/u9Eiy8wjrB— Jeff Asher (@Jeff Asher) 1594776872.0
Longtime GOP lawmakers like Jeff Sessions and Tom Price gave up safe congressional seats to serve in the Trump cabi… https://t.co/wfPhC4onY9— Dan Diamond (@Dan Diamond) 1594778046.0
“People in Alabama voted against Sessions because Trump told them to,” said Angi Stalnaker, a GOP strategist in Ala… https://t.co/Re185sTwpz— Elaina Plott (@Elaina Plott) 1594776286.0
They’re both terrible but I’m happy to see things end so badly for Jefferson Beauregard sessions https://t.co/oQQDRFTF38— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1594776405.0
SESSIONS ADJOURNED https://t.co/cPBIo24WH0— Kirk A. Bado (@Kirk A. Bado) 1594776484.0
Trump-backed Tommy Tuberville sends Jeff Sessions packing. A warning for any Republican that dares anger the presi… https://t.co/4ssVCtW4Xm— Steven Dennis (@Steven Dennis) 1594777416.0