A former college football coach is running for United States Senate and he has the backing of President Trump.
Tommy Tuberville, the longtime Auburn Tigers head coach, is running for Alabama’s Republican nomination against Jeff Sessions.
The former college football head coach and the longtime U.S. senator will face off in a runoff for the party’s nomination on July 14.
President Trump posted a message of support for Tuberville on Saturday morning.
“Big Senate Race in Alabama on Tuesday. Vote for Tommy Tuberville, he is a winner who will never let you down. Jeff Sessions is a disaster who has let us all down. We don’t want him back in Washington!” President Trump tweeted.
Big Senate Race in Alabama on Tuesday. Vote for @TTuberville, he is a winner who will never let you down. Jeff Sessions is a disaster who has let us all down. We don’t want him back in Washington!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2020
Tuberville, 65, was Auburn’s head coach from 1999-2008. He won the SEC in 2004 and led the Tigers to five SEC West Division championships.
The former Auburn head coach was later the head coach at Texas Tech and Cincinnati before leaving the sport in 2016.
Newsweek had some details on Tuberville’s chances against Sessions:
Tuberville, 65, bested six other conservative candidates during the state’s primary in March but didn’t pass the 50 percent mark needed to clinch the nomination. Now, he and Sessions, who came in a close second by roughly 2 percentage points, will go head-to-head in Tuesday’s contest.
Polling before the runoff has also shown Sessions behind. A Cygnal survey conducted in May found 55 percent of likely voters probably or definitely favored Tuberville, compared with 32 percent who favored Sessions.
President Trump has backed Tuberville since March.
“Tommy was a terrific head football coach at Auburn University. He is a REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down! Tommy will protect your Second Amendment….” the president tweeted on March 10.
The runoff between Tuberville and Sessions is set for Tuesday.