Tuberville Senate

Former Auburn football coach and United States Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville shakes hands with Dixie Williams during a campaign stop at Dub's Burgers in Athens. Tuberville faces a runoff against Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary. The primary will take place July 14.

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — The state of Alabama is postponing its scheduled March 31 primary runoff in the Senate race between Jeff Sessions and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.

Saying having people stand in line to vote is too risky right now, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the runoff is being rescheduled to July 14. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in November.

There will be one other race on the ballot in Limestone County. The Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2 Judge's race between Beth Kellum and Will Smith also went to a runoff, with Kellum holding a slight advantage over Smith after the primary.

Five other states also have postponed their primaries because of the coronavirus pandemic: Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio.

Sessions has been forced into a tight primary runoff as he seeks to recapture the Senate seat he held for 20 years. Tuberville led in the initial round, taking 33% of the vote to Sessions' 31%.

Sessions is seeking to reclaim the Senate seat he held for 20 years before becoming President Donald Trump’s first attorney general. Sessions stepped down after his relationship with Trump soured over his recusal in the investigation.

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