GOP Rep. Martha Roby, who criticized Trump, forced into runoff

Rep. Martha Roby, who angered constituents by un-endorsing then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, was forced into a runoff in Alabama’s conservative-leaning 2nd Congressional District.

With 59 percent of the precincts reporting, the Associated Press declared Roby in a runoff with Bobby Bright, with 39 percent to his 29 percent.

Roby withdrew her support for Trump after the explosive “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about sexual assault. In commercials, challenger Bright accused Roby of “[turning] her back on President Trump when he needed her the most.” Eight years ago, Bright was a Democratic incumbent and was defeated by Roby for the seat. Bright switched parties and become one of her four Republican challengers.

The runoff will be held July 17. The winner of the Republican primary will be favored to hold the seat come November.



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