- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama’s race for U.S. Senate (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump is coming to Alabama to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange in the primary race for U.S. Senate.

Trump made the announcement Saturday evening via twitter. Trump wrote that, “I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate. ‘Big Luther‘ is a great guy who gets things done!”

Strange is in a heated runoff battle with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Moore led Strange in the first round of GOP voting. The two face off in a runoff on Sept. 26.

The Strange campaign could not immediately provide details of the visit.

Strange faces a tight race with Moore despite the backing of Trump and a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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1:09 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who finished third in Alabama’s GOP Senate primary, has announced his support for Roy Moore in the heated runoff with Sen. Luther Strange.

At a Saturday rally in Huntsville, Brooks said he has voted by absentee ballot for Moore. Brooks said Moore will “fight for America” and criticized “malicious” tactics of a PAC supporting Strange.

Strange’s campaign responded they are confident voters will agree with President Donald Trump that Strange is the best choice in the race. Trump endorsed Strange before the August primary.

Strange and Moore campaigned on opposite ends of Alabama this weekend, urging their voters to get to the polls on Sept. 26

Strange told a young Republican group in Baldwin County that the race is a “dead heat.”

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