Tommy Tuberville

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Tommy Tuberville
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Senior U.S. Senator from Alabama
From: January 3, 2021 – present
Predecessor Doug Jones
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
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Party Republican
Spouse(s) Suzanne Fette
Religion Church of Christ

Thomas Hawley “Tommy” Tuberville (born September 18, 1954, age 69) is one of Alabama's two incumbent U.S. Senators, serving as the senior senator of Alabama. He unseated Democrat Doug Jones by a landslide. He was formerly the head football coach for Auburn University from 1998 to 2008.

U.S. Senate campaign

Tuberville announced in April 2019 his run for U.S. Senate.[1] He unseated incumbent Doug Jones over a year later in November 2020.[2]

Initial primary

In the Republican primary held on March 3, 2020, Tuberville finished first place with 33.4% of the vote.[3] Other candidates who ran included Jeff Sessions, who finished second with 31.6%, and Rep. Bradley Byrne, who came third with just under 25% of the vote. Under Alabama law, since no one won a majority of the votes in the primary, a runoff was be held for the top two candidates.

Runoff

The Republican primary runoff election was initially set to be held on March 31, 2020, though due to the coronavirus outbreak, Alabama governor Kay Ivey delayed it to July 14, 2020.[4] Tuberville ultimately won over Sessions by a twenty-point margin,[5] and faced Sen. Jones in the general election.

Endorsements

Tuberville's Senate bid was endorsed by Donald Trump,[6] who has held a strong disdain for Jeff Sessions over incompetence as attorney general.

Conservative criticisms

Tuberville has blamed President Trump for veteran health care problems despite the latter's accomplishments with such.[7] The comment was strongly criticized by Republican then-candidate Arnold Mooney, who called on Tuberville to apologize for disregarding the major accomplishments.

Tuberville has been criticized for arguably being less tough on immigration than his primary runoff opponent Jeff Sessions.[8]

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin has called Tuberville “some empty suit” who will “parrot U.S. Chamber of Commerce talking points.”[9]

General election results

Tuberville easily won the general election over Jones by twenty percentage points.[10]

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