Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions shocked the political world when Sessions announced he would run for his old Senate seat in Alabama.
The other Republicans in the race all wondered how Donald Trump would take to that news.
And now Jeff Sessions’ comeback just hit a roadblock that no one saw coming.
Jeff Sessions and his campaign team know they need to show overwhelming strength at every turn to persuade President Trump to remain neutral in the Senate primary.
In 2018 President Trump endorsed long shot candidates in primaries for Governor in Georgia and Florida and both candidates surged from down double digits to winning the nomination and ultimately the General Election.
That’s why Sessions’ campaign recently released an internal poll showing him more than doubling the nearest competitor – former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville – 44 to 21 percent.
If no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote in the primary there will be a runoff between the top two candidates.
Sessions released the internal poll to demonstrate that his support is inching closer to the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff and that its pointless for the President to endorse another candidate.
For better or worse, Donald Trump’s strategy with regard to Senate races is to back the candidate with the best chance to win.
The fewer resources the GOP needs to devote to maintaining their Senate majority, the more money and manpower will be available for the Presidential campaign.
But Sessions’ plans hit a bit of a speed bump with the release of a JMC Analytics Poll.
This brand new poll of Alabama voters found Sessions leading Democrat incumbent Doug Jones 46 to 41 percent.
However, Tuberville led Jones by a slightly larger 47 to 40 percent margin.
Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne bested Jones 44 to 40 percent.
“Senator Doug Jones, whose 2017 election was due both to a weak general election opponent and robust black turnout, faces a challenging re-election, And while only 34% affirmatively want to re-elect him, against (with one major exception – Roy Moore) the major Republican candidates, he only polls about 40% on the ballot test. Against Roy Moore, he jumps into a 47-33% lead,” JMC Analytics wrote of their poll’s findings.
A poll showing three candidates all leading Jones by similar margins is the worst news possible for Sessions.
If the President believes any Republican will defeat Jones, he could be tempted to endorse either Tuberville or Byrne.
And Byrne did sit with President Trump in a luxury box when the President attended the annual Alabama-Auburn football game the week before Thanksgiving.
There is no question hard feelings remain toward Sessions from President Trump.
Sessions caved in to Deep State and fake news media pressure to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
That moment of weakness allowed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel which prolonged the Russia witch hunt for another two years.
If Trump senses an opportunity to support another candidate in the race, the JMC poll could give President Trump that chance.
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