Trump tweets support for Luther Strange ahead of Alabama visit

Trump tweets support for Luther Strange ahead of Alabama visit
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President Trump tweeted his support for Alabama Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP sen: ‘Just a fact’ Moore will face ethics complaint if elected Trevor Noah: Trump must be ‘morally degenerate’ to back Roy Moore Moore gets boost from Bannon in final days of campaign MORE (R) on Wednesday, just days before he is set to visit the state to stump for Strange in the Republican primary runoff.

"Looking forward to Friday night in the Great State of Alabama," Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. "I am supporting 'Big' Luther Strange because he was so loyal & helpful to me!"

Strange is trailing Roy Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, in the race for the GOP nomination to succeed Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE, who gave up his seat to become attorney general.

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In backing Strange, Trump finds himself on the opposite side of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and other conservatives who have thrown their weight behind Moore.

Strange is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.). 

Trump made his formal endorsement in the race earlier in August.

“Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!” Trump wrote on Twitter earlier this month.

Bannon is using his powers at Breitbart News to boost Moore. A top Bannon ally told The Hill that the "forgotten man," Trump's signature demographic, supports Moore in Alabama.

"It’s clear Trump is getting bad advice from the Democrats in the West Wing,” Bannon's ally told The Hill.

Strange has held the seat since February, when then-Gov. Robert Bentley (R) appointed him following Sessions's confirmation to the top post in the Justice Department.