Katie Britt will be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, mimicking her comfortable lead as the frontrunner during the initial primary election in May.
The former Business Council of Alabama president and CEO, and chief of staff to outgoing Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, had secured 65 percent of the vote on Tuesday, 32 percentage points ahead of Congressman Mo Brooks, as of the time of publication.
Britt had finished with 45 percent of the vote in the primary compared to 29 percent of the vote going to Brooks. Third-place finisher Mike Durant called out Britt after failing to make the runoff but stopped short of endorsing Brooks.
Brooks tried to eat away at the deficit over the past three weeks by painting Britt as the big-money candidate backed by the establishment, particularly Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Britt continued her same campaign messaging but notably declined to engage in a debate with Brooks.
“I would love the opportunity for a debate, but unfortunately Congressman Brooks is more interested in creating a circus,” Britt told News 19.
Brooks criticized Britt as “hiding” from the public, noting that both he and Britt had criticized Durant for avoiding a debate before the primary.
Meanwhile, both candidates continued to seek the endorsement of former president Donald Trump. Trump had originally endorsed Brooks, but rescinded his support nearly two months before the primary, leading to a very public falling out between the two. Still, Trump had not endorsed either of Brooks’ opponents in the primary, and Brooks had expressed hope as late as last 10 days ago that Trump, at the very least, would continue to stay out of the race.
However, Trump finally gave his endorsement to Britt on June 10, reminding voters that Brooks had “gone woke” at the Cullman, Alabama, rally at which Brooks encouraged voters to put the 2020 election behind them.
“He foolishly started listening to the wrong consultants and not to the people, and his 54-point lead evaporated overnight,” Trump said in the endorsement.
Trump’s endorsement came after post-primary polls showed Britt maintaining a double-digit lead over Brooks among likely voters.
When Brooks finished second in the primary, he told supporters his campaign had “come back from the dead” like Lazarus. Ultimately, that revival may have been enough to prolong the campaign, but fell well short of defeating Britt for the nomination.
Britt will face Democratic nominee Will Boyd in the midterm election, which is scheduled for Nov. 8.