At the end of the candidate filing period, while three expected candidates changed their mind about challenging appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the special Republican primary, one hopped in once he was sure state Senate President Del Marsh was out. State Sen. Trip Pittman, now the only candidate hailing from the state’s Gulf Coast region, joined the field of candidates. The final opponent field includes ten GOP challengers for the August 15th special primary, but only four are potentially serious threats: US Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, resigned Alabama Christian Coalition president Randy Brinson, and possibly Sen. Pittman. Should no candidate obtain a majority vote in the August 15th primary, a September 26th run-off between the top two finishers would then ensue.
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