Trump not on ballot but Tuesday’s Alabama and Georgia runoff elections test of his clout

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Former President Donald Trump’s sway over the Republican Party is on the line on Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary runoff election in Alabama and two GOP congressional runoffs in neighboring Georgia.

The biggest prize is in deep red Alabama, where the primary run-off winner will be the heavy favorite in November’s general election in the race to succeed Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, who’s retiring after nearly 45 years in Congress.

Katie Britt, a former longtime Shelby aide who served as the senator’s chief of staff from 2016-2018 and who later became the first female president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, is considered the favorite in the Alabama runoff, against Rep. Mo Brooks, who was one of Trump’s top allies in the House.

Trump backed Brooks last year when the congressman was the front-runner in the race, but the former president took back his endorsement earlier this year as Brooks struggled in the polls. And after criticizing Britt last year, Trump praised her as he endorsed her a week ago, after new polls indicated Britt surging.

BRITT AND BROOKS BATTLE FOR GOP SENATE NOMINATION IN DEEP RED ALABAMA

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