A pro-Donald Trump super PAC is launching a last-minute get-out-the vote campaign boosting GOP Sen. Luther Strange ahead of next week’s Alabama Senate special election.
America First Action, a White House-sanctioned outside group, will spend between $150,00 and $200,000 on digital advertising in support of Strange, the group announced. The move comes just days after Trump announced his endorsement of Strange in a tweet, saying that he “has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama.”
In a state where the president is overwhelming popular, the super PAC will specifically target Trump supporters and push them to back the senator.
“As the pro-Trump super PAC, we are proud to join the president in supporting the candidacy of Sen. Luther Strange, a tireless public servant and defender of the First and Second Amendment rights of his fellow Alabamians,” said Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the group. “Sen. Strange has already proven himself to be the best possible candidate in this race to stand beside our president and make America great again.”
Strange was appointed in February to fill the seat that Attorney General Jeff Sessions held for two decades. He is facing opposition from GOP Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. If no Republican candidate receives a majority of the vote, as is expected, the top two finishers will advance to a September runoff for the nomination.
Trump’s endorsement of Strange has risks. By giving the senator his support, the president inserted himself into a hard-fought primary that has divided Republicans. While Brooks has won the backing of tea party voters, Moore, who gained national attention after he refused to obey a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from a state judicial building, is popular among evangelicals. Recent polling has shown Strange leading Brooks but trailing Moore.