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CNN: Trump May Step Away From Alabama Senate Race

CNN: Trump May Step Away From Alabama Senate Race
(Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:30 PM

President Donald Trump may steer clear of the special Senate race in Alabama as Sen. Luther Strange attempts to win a primary runoff election in September.

CNN reports that Strange may have to rely on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top GOP lawmakers for help at the national level.

Strange was appointed in February to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who now serves as attorney general. Strange and several other Republicans were part of a special primary election earlier this month ahead of December's special election that will determine who serves out the remainder of Sessions' term.

The Republican primary runoff between Strange and Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, is slated for Sept. 26.

In the meantime, CNN reports that Trump and his team have yet to decide what his role will be in the race — if he plays any role at all. Trump posted two tweets during the primary campaign and recorded a robo-call in support of Strange.

CNN cites a Republican who is involved in the primary race as saying Trump called Strange on the phone last Friday to say he supports his candidacy.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, meanwhile, said last week he is supporting Moore in the race. Bannon resigned from his White House job almost two weeks ago.

The latest polls show that Moore leads with four weeks remaining until the runoff election. The winner will take on Democrat Doug Jones, who formerly served as a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

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