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1A Across America: The Alabama Senate Primary And Beyond

Jeff Sessions waves to supporters after voting in the Alabama Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate at the Volunteers of America Southeast Chapter in Mobile, Alabama.
Jeff Sessions waves to supporters after voting in the Alabama Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate at the Volunteers of America Southeast Chapter in Mobile, Alabama.

Alabama is finishing up a Republican  primary runoff. Voters decided  Tommy Tuberville, the former Auburn University football coach, will run against Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November.

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Tuberville beat  Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general. Sessions was running for his old Senate seat. And The Cook Political Report says Doug Jones is “the most endangered incumbent in 2020.” Plus, Tuberville has President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

While the results of the primary will shape the coming years for the state of Alabama, some say it could have an impact on the Democrat majority in the Senate. With one fewer senator, Democrats will need to win the presidency and four Senate seats to regain control of the upper chamber of Congress. What other Senate races are Democrats competitive in?

We talk about how the race in Alabama and other key battleground states could determine which party controls the Senate.

1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting.

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