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Trump-backed Katie Britt defeats Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama GOP Senate primary runoff

Trump-backed Katie Britt defeats Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama GOP Senate primary runoff

Republican voters in Alabama are set Tuesday to decide a Senate primary that has flummoxed former President Donald Trump.

Katie Britt, a former top aide to Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has defeated Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama's Republican Senate primary runoff, NBC News projects.

The race to succeed Shelby, who is retiring, had flummoxed former President Donald Trump, whose early endorsement of Brooks was consistent with what had been a close political alliance.

But Trump soured on Brooks, who had expressed a desire to move on from the 2020 election that Trump continues to falsely claim he won. Brooks, once an early favorite in the race, saw his poll numbers decline, and Trump withdrew his endorsement. Brooks ultimately rallied to earn a spot in the runoff against Britt, but she had long since become the GOP front-runner. Trump eventually endorsed her less than two weeks ago.

Katie Britt celebrates after defeating Brooks in Alabama GOP Senate primaryJune 22, 202202:04"Every single person who helped this campaign is a patriot who loves America, and I thank you for it," Brooks posted on Twitter after the race was called Tuesday night. "This isn’t the outcome we wanted, but I am proud to have fought for our country. America, and you all, are worth it."

Britt will face Democratic nominee Will Boyd in November. Addressing her supporters late Tuesday, she credited Trump's endorsement with "helping us wrap this thing up in style."

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