Trump's Backing of Strange Has Ala. Conservatives Reeling

New poll shows Moore leading in Alabama special election

On Tuesday, the president called unusual with the good news "and said, 'You have been with me, you have really helped me, I want to support you and give you my total support, '" Hooper said, based on descriptions of the call he received from the campaign manager and odd himself.

Republican Senator Luther Strange, who now holds the seat, said Saturday that President Donald Trump's endorsement was "critical" in the campaign's homestretch. I don't know why we're taking a vacation.

Odd was appointed to the seat earlier this year by then-Gov.

Despite both the endorsement of Trump via a Tuesday tweet backing of millions of dollars in advertising by a super political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Strange has found himself in what could be a tight Republican primary race with firebrand challengers.

Strange's leading opponents are Roy Moore, who was twice removed as Alabama's chief justice, and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Several polls indicate the race is too close to call, with Brooks garnering national support from conservative groups and Moore appearing to have strong support from grassroots voters, TV stars such as Chuck Norris and evangelicals, including influential faith leader James Dobson.

For weeks, odd and Brooks have lobbed attacks at one another as insufficiently committed to Trump.

"I'll tell you what: If he doesn't get repeal-and-replace done, and if he doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, he doesn't get them done, then you can ask me that question", Trump said during his 17-day vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey.

As for Moore, the candidate is trying to stay above the fray between Trump and McConnell, saying the fight is "between them".

And Moore, Cahaly told Breitbart News, was "the most anti-establishment" candidate in the field of nine candidates vying for the seat. "But I won't say anything bad out him ..."

McConnell and Trump have been sparring ever since the Kentucky senator on Tuesday suggested the president had "excessive expectations" about what could be done in the Senate and on what timeline.

"You're absolutely right Mr. President, and Luther Strange and Mitch McConnell, they are dead wrong", Brooks says in the ad. The general election is December 12.

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