On Tuesday, the Trump-backed Katie Britt defeated Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) to secure the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama, despite Brooks’ insistent plea that voters elect a “true conservative.”
Britt, a top aide to the retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), was endorsed by former President Donald Trump only 11 days before the runoff election, a contest which pitted her against Brooks, a six-term representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district.
Trump had previously endorsed Brooks, a fiery conservative and longtime Trump loyalist, but rescinded his endorsement in March, after Brooks failed to establish significant momentum in the race and made comments about moving on from the 2020 presidential loss.
Despite this, Brooks managed to force a runoff election on May 24, when he pulled in 28% of the vote and prevented Britt from obtaining an outright majority.
In the days leading up to the runoff, Brooks attempted to establish himself as the only “true conservative” in the race, arguing that Britt was a RINO who Alabama Democrats would much prefer over him.
“The biggest challenge we’ve got is that the executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party and other Democrats have endorsed Katie Britt,” he said in an election-day interview before polls closed. “And that is why [she] got 44% in the primary.”
“Basically what this race is coming down to is, ‘Do you want a conservative and a Republican representing you in the United States Senate?’ You’re not going to get that with Katie Britt,” Brooks concluded.
Several high-profile Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), also joined Brooks in his campaign to defeat Britt, accompanying him at rallies and town halls across Alabama.
Despite this, Britt was able to defeat Brooks handily on Tuesday, raking in nearly two thirds of the ballots cast in the runoff. Brooks accepted his loss in a concession speech later that night, but lamented the choice voters had made and the “special interests groups” he believed tipped the scale in Britt’s favor.
“We are sending to Washington D.C. the exact opposite of what we need in the United States Senate,” Brooks said. “But the voters have spoken. They might not have spoken wisely.”