The March 31 runoff between former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and college football coach Tommy Tuberville was postponed over concerns about coronavirus.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday the state is postponing primary runoff elections that were scheduled for later this month until July 14 because of concerns about coronavirus, delaying the GOP Senate runoff between former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville for more than three months.
“The ability to hold free and fair elections is an inherent right as citizens of the United States and the great state of Alabama, but the safety and wellbeing of Alabama citizens is paramount,” Ivey said in a statement released by her office.
Tuberville and Sessions finished in the top two spots in the March 3 primary and were to face off in the March 31 runoff to take on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. Ivey’s decision delays Republicans nominating a candidate to face Jones for more than three months. The race is Republicans’ top offensive target on the Senate map this cycle and has significant implications for which party controls the Senate next year.