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Trump takes victory lap after Tuberville defeats Sessions

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE took a victory lap Tuesday after Tommy Tuberville defeated former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE in the Alabama Senate Republican runoff.

Trump, who endorsed Tuberville, touted the margin by which he defeated Sessions and suggested the former Auburn University football coach will be a strong candidate to run against Sen. Doug Jones, widely considered the most vulnerable Democrat up for reelection this year.

“Wow, just called! @TTuberville Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd,” Trump tweeted. 

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In another tweet, Trump hailed it as a "GREAT WIN."

The president has railed against Sessions the past several years after he recused himself in 2017 from overseeing the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election interference, a move Trump claims led to the appointment of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE.

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“3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!” Trump tweeted in May.

Tuberville will enter the general election battle as the favorite to unseat Jones in a race The Cook Political Report rates as "lean Republican." 

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A small handful of Republicans have expressed disappointment at Trump’s dragging of Sessions, noting that the former attorney general who held the Alabama Senate seat for 20 years before joining the Trump administration had been one of Trump’s earliest supporters in the 2016 race and was the first sitting U.S. senator to back his White House bid.

“Jeff was the first elected official to support you,” tweeted Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Trump endorses former aide against pro-impeachment Republican MORE (R-Ill.), an occasional critic of the president. “Seems loyalty is expected from you but not granted.”