Trump says Roby endorsement opened 'flood gates' of support

in doland •  4 months ago

President Donald Trump this morning tweeted his congratulations to U.S. Rep. Martha Roby for her victory in the Republican primary runoff and congratulated himself for the endorsement he said helped her win.

"Congratulations to Martha Roby of The Great State of Alabama on her big GOP Primary win for Congress. My endorsement came appropriately late, but when it came the "flood gates" opened and you had the kind of landslide victory that you deserve. Enjoy!," the president tweeted.

With Trump endorsement, Martha Roby defeats Bobby Bright
With Trump endorsement, Martha Roby defeats Bobby Bright

"Sincere thanks to President Trump and Vice President Pence," Roby told cheering supporters, her voice cracking with emotion at times.

From The Associated Press:

The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having defeated Bobby Bright, a former Democrat who tried to cast himself as the more authentic Trump ally in the low-turnout Republican contest.

"It's been a true privilege to have the support of the White House through this campaign," Roby told cheering supporters Tuesday night, her voice cracking with emotion at times. "I am so humbled that the people of Alabama's 2nd Congressional District have again placed their trust and their confidence in me."

Alabama primary runoff, complete results
Alabama primary runoff, complete results

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Trump and Vice President Mike Pence endorsed the four-term incumbent in recent weeks. The vice president went further over the weekend and recorded robocalls distributed on her behalf saying she's a reliable vote for the Trump agenda.

Some intervention was required after Roby angered Alabama Republicans in the closing days of the 2016 presidential election when she said Trump's lewd comments about women -- captured on an "Access Hollywood" tape -- made him unacceptable as a candidate for president.

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