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A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a US Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.
In the election for the seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions when he became US attorney general, Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat and was backed by Trump, will move to the Republican primary along with former Alabama Supreme Court Chief justice Roy Moore, the projections said.
Neither candidate captured more than 50 percent of the vote required for an outright victory. With 45 of the state's 67 counties reporting, Moore had 42 percent of the vote while Strange had 31.5 percent, official results showed.