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Katie Britt on cusp of comeback win vs. Mo Brooks in Alabama Senate GOP runoff

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt reacts as she walks to the stage to talk to supporters during her watch party, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Butch Dill/AP

Katie Britt on cusp of comeback win vs. Mo Brooks in Alabama Senate GOP runoff

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Katie Britt conceded that few Republicans thought she could win the Republican nomination for Senate in the ruby-red state of Alabama after former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks early in the campaign.

In comments to reporters Tuesday morning, Britt framed her Senate bid as “David versus Goliath.” But Britt, the former chief of staff to retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R), along with a close-knit circle of supporters, was so confident Brooks was beatable — even with Trump’s backing — that husband Wesley Britt resigned from an executive position with Birmingham-based Alabama Power Company to devote himself to the campaign full time.

“Nobody believed — or I’d say, 95% of the people probably believed that this wasn’t possible,” said Britt, 40. “We knew, with a lot of hard work, what was possible, and we are just glad that others have chosen to stand in there with us and help us move the needle in this race.”

KATIE BRITT IGNORES MO BROOKS IN FINAL PITCH TO VOTERS IN ALABAMA SENATE RUNOFF

After finishing first in the Senate GOP primary on May 24 while outpacing Brooks by nearly 16 percentage points, Britt is the underdog no more. She entered the runoff contest with Brooks heavily favored and is expected to secure her party’s nomination comfortably when the votes are tallied Tuesday evening after the polls close at 8 p.m. EDT.

Indeed, that looked to be the case weeks ago, before Trump endorsed Britt on June 10, roughly three months after he abandoned Brooks, 68, who was trailing in the polls and trending downward. But the former president’s seal of approval certainly did not hurt Britt’s prospects, either. Alabama has typically been among the most pro-Trump states in the country.

“We were honored to receive President Trump’s endorsement,” Britt said. “He knows that I am the best to fight for the America First agenda.”

Brooks, who recovered from his earlier struggles on the campaign trail and forced Britt into a runoff, was hoping to engineer a “David versus Goliath” comeback of his own.

Despite losing Trump’s endorsement and seeing his pleas for the former president to “#ReEndorseMO” fall on deaf ears, Brooks continues to run as the true pro-Trump candidate in the race. The congressman has accused Britt of being an establishment sellout who will kowtow to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Trump has been attempting to foment a rebellion against McConnell for nearly a year; that has not appeared to help Brooks, either.

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But that has not stopped him from trying.

“Today is Election Day. America needs fighters in the Senate, not rubber stamps for Mitch McConnell,” the congressman tweeted Tuesday morning. “The DC establishment thinks our seat is for sale. I ask you to vote for Mo Brooks and show them it’s not.”

Britt was scheduled to spend election night with supporters in Montgomery. Brooks was gathering with supporters in Huntsville.

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