By Louis Nelson (Politico) –
President Donald Trump predicted Friday that next week’s Alabama Republican Senate runoff “will be very close” thanks to his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange.
Strange (R-Ala.), appointed by former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to fill the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is running to win the seat outright in a special election but has trailed in the polls behind former state Chief Justice Roy Moore. Trump, who will campaign for Strange Friday night in Alabama, has backed the incumbent senator and Friday morning claimed that support has helped Strange narrow Moore’s lead.
“Will be in Alabama tonight. Luther Strange has gained mightily since my endorsement, but will be very close. He loves Alabama, and so do I!” the president wrote on Twitter.