(Video: Fox News)
Alabama held its primary runoff Tuesday and while the weight of former President Donald Trump may have shifted the balance of the scales, candidate Katie Britt contended voters “made it clear they want new blood.”
Four weeks after Republican candidates for Senate in Alabama were unable to secure over 50 percent of the vote in the May 24 primary election, Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks faced off in a head-to-head matchup for the nomination. Unofficial results from the Alabama Secretary of State had Britt more than 100,000 votes ahead of the congressman, splitting the count by roughly 63 to 37 percent and making her the clear winner of the contest.
“It’s a surreal moment and I don’t know that it has quite sunk in,” she told Fox News Digital in her first interview after the victory.
THANK YOU, Alabama!
My family and I are truly grateful. Words cannot express our thanks. The future of our great state is bright! #alsen pic.twitter.com/MpBDX15dUB
— Katie Britt for AL (@KatieBrittforAL) June 22, 2022
Coupled with a statement of appreciation for the voters on social media where she wrote, “My family and I are truly grateful. Words cannot express our thanks. The future of our great state is bright!” she stated in her interview that her win showed “Alabamians made it clear they want new blood.”
Trump, who had been backing Brooks until rescinding his support late in March, had held off on issuing a new endorsement until after the primary. Ahead of the runoff that would decide which Republican would be gunning for retiring Sen. Richard Shelby’s position, the president chose to support the senator’s former chief of staff.
“We were so proud to earn that endorsement and also know that people know on the ground and the president said, obviously we’re the best to fight for the America first agenda,” Britt told Fox News Digital. “That’s what I’m hearing all over the state. People miss those policies.”
The Senate hopeful expressed how voters were turning away from President Joe Biden’s failed leadership because they know “our country was founded on Christian conservative principles, it was founded on freedoms and liberties – it was founded on the American dream which means you work hard to achieve.”
“It is exciting to see so many young conservatives and young women step up and say, ‘It’s time.’ What it boils down to,” Britt explained, “is we look at this country under Joe Biden’s leadership and every single thing is moving in the wrong direction. As mamas, we know if we don’t step up and fight, there’s not going to be anything left for our children to fight for.”
Britt will be facing the Democratic nominee pastor Will Boyd as she aims to be the first woman elected to the Senate from Alabama on November 8. Boyd’s views were markedly different from his Republican competitor as he told Fox News Digital, “We still see where there’s not fairness, not equity in the court systems where African Americans’ voices are not being heard… And of course, our environment is important… We know climate change is real.”
Every single person who helped this campaign is a patriot who loves America, and I thank you for it. This isn’t the outcome we wanted, but I am proud to have fought for our country. America, and you all, are worth it. God bless.
— Mo Brooks (@MoBrooks) June 22, 2022
Brooks released a statement on social media as part of his concession and wrote, “Every single person who helped this campaign is a patriot who loves America, and I thank you for it. This isn’t the outcome we wanted, but I am proud to have fought for our country. America, and you all, are worth it. God bless.”
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