Republican firebrand seeks runoff spot in Ala. Senate race

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Posted: Jul 11, 2017 4:27 PM
Republican firebrand seeks runoff spot in Ala. Senate race

DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks says he isn't the favored candidate in Alabama's Senate race among the Washington powerbrokers he calls "swamp critters."

Brooks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is part of a crowded GOP field vying to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat. The Senate seat is currently held by Republican Luther Strange, who was appointed to finish Sessions' term.

Brooks says his goal is to make the runoff. He says a recent poll showed him a close third behind Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Strange has pointed to Brooks' previous criticism of Trump. But Brooks' first campaign ad leaned heavily on Trump's promises: He pledged to read the Bible on the Senate floor to filibuster spending bills until funding is secured for the president's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.