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Sunday, 13 August 2017 14:03

Trump’s feuding base faces showdown in Alabama Senate race

Written by  Robert Costa

President Trump’s endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) was supposed to settle things.

An anti-establishment president would repair his frayed relations with Republican leaders by backing their favored candidate in Alabama’s special election for a U.S.

Senate seat. A crowded primary race in the heart of Trump country would then be all but decided.

It settled nothing.

On the eve of first round of voting, Trump is clashing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the stalled GOP agenda and Strange, despite the Trump bump, is unlikely to win the seat outright on Aug. 15.

A bruising one-month runoff campaign looms for the top two finishers and Trump’s die-hard supporters in the state are divided.

For Republicans, the Alabama contest, is a snapshot of the party’s churning base at this moment in the Trump presidency. In a deep red state, the dominant squabbles are not over ideological purity — that GOP test of old — but over loyalty to Trump and over who has the most visceral connection with his core voters.

The white nationalist-sparked violence in Charlottesville, has hovered over the final sprint and Republican candidates have issued statements of condemnation. But like Trump, some of them did not mention white nationalism or white supremacy by name.

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