BRUNDIDGE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama 2022 Senate Election is still a year away, but the race is already shaping up to be a tight one.
The winner of next year’s race will replace longtime Senator Richard Shelby, who is retiring after 35 years in Washington.
Currently three candidates are running: Congressman Mo Brooks, Trump’s Slovenian Ambassador Lynda Blanchard, and Katie Boyd Britt, who worked with Shelby.
According to political analyst Steve Flowers, the winner will have a lot to live up to.
“His influence as chairman of the appropriations committee has made a monumental amount of difference from beginning in Huntsville all the way here to Ft. Rucker in the Wiregrass,” Flowers said. “We’re going to miss his seniority, his power.”
Flowers said out of the three candidates, Katie Britt would be the best choice because of her age and the work she has done with Senator Shelby.
“She would be mindful of how important Ft. Rucker is to the Wiregrass and as well as Redstone Arsenal is to Huntsville and the National Guard is to Montgomery,” Flowers said.
However, Flowers believes Mo Brooks is a favorite in the race because he is pro-Trump.
According to Flowers, Republican primary voters will be looking for a big Trump supporter in Washington. But, he said, Brooks winning wouldn’t do much for the state.
“He is really not wanting to be effective,” Flowers said. “He just wants to be on Fox News and be considered a right-wing reactionary.”