GOP candidates make closing arguments in final weekend of tight Ala. Senate primary

Republican nominees in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama crisscrossed the nation Saturday, hoping to sway undecided voters before the election Tuesday.

A primary in which a sitting senator is trying election is typically little more than a formality. But this is not a typical political year, and this is no typical race.

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky ., are backing GOP Sen. Luther Strange in the special elected to fill the seat of Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Session, who earlier this year became U.S. attorney general.

Strange, a former state attorney general, was appointed to the seat in February.

Their support has left four-term GOP Rep. Mo Brooks largely cut off by Washington Republicans in the shut, three-way battle that also includes former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

On Saturday, Strange attended the Cleburne County Fair, where he spoke to members of the Heflin First United Methodist Youth Group.

We have less than 72 hours before Alabama voters head to the polls. So, can I count on you to take some time over the next couple of days to stop by your neighbors and ask them to support our campaign on Tuesday? Strange asked voters via social media.

Trumps super PAC reportedly plans to spend as much as $200,000 on digital ads for Strange, in the closing days of race. He also has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

None of the three ought to be able to get at least 50 percentage of the vote on Tuesday, which means the top-two finishers will advance to a runoff in September.

The winner will face the Democratic nominee afterward this year but will likely win — considering the last time a Democrat was elected senator in Alabama was 1987, when Richard Shelby won, then switched several years later to the Republican Party.

Several polls indicate the race is too close to call, with Brooks garnering national subsistence from conservative groups and Moore appearing to have strong subsistence from grassroots voters, TV superstars such as Chuck Norris and evangelicals, including influential religion leader James Dobson.

Brooks on Saturday attended the Baldwin County breakfast, at the Biscuit King, in the town of Fairhope.

Moores campaign said the candidate and spouse Kayla plan to participate in the traditional pony ride to the polls on Tuesday.

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