Special election is the first step fill Jeff Sessions' senate seat

Focus has been on three GOP hopefuls

Sessions' seat up for grabs in primary

Today’s special election is the first step toward deciding who will fill the seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and currently held by Luther Strange, the former Alabama Attorney General appointed to the seat by former governor Robert Bentley.

The focus has primarily been on three Republican hopefuls.

Alabama handed President Donald Trump his biggest election night victory in the Deep South:  28-points.

Now, the frontrunners in the GOP primary race for the senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions are battling to prove who's the truest Trump diehard.

Controversial former State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, Northern Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, and appointed placeholder Senator Luther Strange all cozied up to the President ahead of the August 15th primary despite Trump's slipping job approval rating, nationally.

That's because his numbers are much stronger among Republicans here.

After just six months in the Senate, Strange secured endorsements from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump himself.

McConnell's superpac flooded Alabama with TV and radio ads, attacking Moore and Brooks.

The move to aggressively endorse one Republican over others is an effort to manage the party's slim Senate majority to pass legislation.

These two have vowed to buck McConnell in the Senate. They say he's part of the “swamp”.

Nine candidates are on Alabama's GOP primary ballot.

Eight candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination.

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