Category: U.S. Senate race 2020

BirminghamWatch 2020 Primary Voter Guide: Republican U.S. Senate Race Headlines March 3 Primaries in Alabama

Who is the strongest, most effective supporter of President Donald Trump?

That seems to be the dominant question Alabama Republicans are asking as they near the March 3 election to choose a nominee to try to unseat freshman Democrat Doug Jones in this fall’s U.S. Senate race.

The field of seven GOP candidates has talked about, and shown basic agreement on, the topics of immigration, taxes and the economy as well as social issues such as abortion, guns and health care. Jones, who won the seat in a special election in December 2017, has no opposition in the March Democratic primary.

Read more about what candidates in the U.S. Senate race have to say on the top issues and see videos showing the candidates’ efforts to align themselves with Trump.

Also in the BirminghamWatch 2020 Primary Voter Guide, you will find:
A story about the candidates’ positions on issues in the Republican primary for president, and in the Democratic primary for president.
A story about the statewide amendment on the ballot, which would move the state Board of Education from an elected board to an appointed one.
Profiles of candidates on the ballot, including basic information about each of the candidates along with the top contributors to their campaigns, the main issues they’re citing in their campaigns and links to their web or social media sites. A list of those links will be updated this evening.
Printable sample ballots you can use to mark your own choices for each race.
And a Voter’s Toolbox of information about voting, including which districts will be on your ballot and how to find your polling place.
It’s all in one package on the BirminghamWatch 2020 Primary Voter Guide.

Contributors to U.S. Senate Candidates

Candidates in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate on Feb. 20 updated the lists of their contributors leading up to the March 3 primary elections in Alabama. Following are contributions of $5,000 and up for each candidate. The information comes from the Federal Election Commission database. Read more.

Sessions Running for Senate, Hoping to Make Up With Trump

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on national television tonight that he will seek election to the U.S. Senate seat that he held for two decades.

Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News channel, Sessions told the host that he will file his papers to run for his former seat on Friday.

Carlson called Sessions the most popular person in the state after the University of Alabama football coach at the time he stepped away from the Senate. But the Selma native said he has no regrets about leaving the seat.

“I had a great tenure at the Department of Justice in so many different ways,” he said. “I don’t ever worry about regret and things like that.” Read more.

The Partisan Divide Isn’t That Wide Between Alabama’s Two US Senators, Though It Still Is a Canyon Among House Members

Although they differ on many high-profile issues, Alabama’s two U.S. senators voted together about half the time on key issues during 2019.

Republican Richard Shelby, who has served in the Senate for 31 years, and freshman Democrat Doug Jones have voted together 11 times and on opposite sides on 10 occasions this year, according to weekly reports compiled by Voterama in Congress for BirminghamWatch.

The two have parted ways, however, over many of President Trump’s nominations for federal judgeships, cabinet posts and other positions, according to weekly reports by Voterama. Jones voted to confirm five of the president’s nominees and against nine. Shelby voted for all 14. Read more.