The three leaders of the Republican Senate in Alabama experienced a dizzying rise and, in some cases, plummeted. As a result, Congressman Mo Brooks and two first-time candidates, Katie Brit and Mike Durant, participated in the primary elections on Tuesday. Polling. This seems unlikely unless one exceeds 50%, but there is a spill between the top two.
One factor driving the ups and downs of the race is the flood of attack ads from deep-pocketed external groups, working with candidates who have spent their free time to enhance the negative impression of their rivals. When voters say they aren’t dependent on TV advertising, Alabama isn’t, Attachment 1.
Brooks, who jumped to the top of the race last year and was backed by former President Donald J. Trump, was attacked by a Super PAC that received $ 2 million from the Senate Leadership Fund affiliated with Senator Mitch McConnell. .. Senate Republican leaders, who often conflict with Mr. Trump over influence within the party, do not want solid Brooks to join the caucuses next year.
Ann Attack ads Paid by the Super PAC, partially funded by the McConnell Group, dredged an old clip of Mr. Brooks, the leader of Mr. Trump’s Crusaders to overturn the 2020 elections, and despised him in 2016. bottom. Whatever he says, “Mr. Brooks said then.
While the ad was on air, Brooks saw his support plummet to 16% in a single vote. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Trump withdrew his support. Brooks then regained his competitive edge by attacking ads aimed at two rivals.
Former Army pilot Durand, who appeared in the 1993 episode of “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia, appeared to lead the race in the spring. But recently, he was frustrated after the coal had been scraped up by a group called Alabama RINO PAC. This group is partly funded by a group belonging to McConnell. 1 advertisement“The first thing we need to do is disarm the population,” he says, citing Durand’s former birth at the US Army War College in an uncontextual statement.
another advertisement I chased Durrants’ supporters as a “top never tramper”.
The money behind both anti-Brooks and anti-Durant ads came from supporters inside and outside the state of Senator Richard C. Shelby’s former White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Brit, whose retirement opened the seats. I did.
However, Mr. Brit rarely gets off unscathed. Club for Growth, a powerful Washington-based anti-tax group that supports Brooks, is trying to undermine Brit. One ad says she saidReally lobbyistFor a previous job leading a business group in Alabama. In addition, I quote a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. in 2021. When her father liked Mr Brooks, he called her “Alabama Liz Cheney.”
Many of the attacks appeared to have landed on voters, but apparently confused them. There is no clear leader in the latest polls.