US Rep. Roby forced into July runoff in Alabama GOP primary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, one of a handful of Alabama Republicans who criticized Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, has been forced into a July runoff for the GOP nomination for her seat.
Roby will face Bobby Bright in the runoff in the state’s 2nd congressional district, a conservative swath where loyalty to Trump became a central issue of the midterm primary.
In 2016, after a 2005 recording surfaced of Trump making lewd comments about women, Roby said the behavior “makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president” and suggested he step aside to let another Republican lead the ticket.
All three of Roby’s primary opponents brought up the comments during the campaign, in addition to criticizing her record.
Roby emphasized her voting record, support of Trump policies such as building a border wall, and her “good working relationship” with the White House.
“What I have done is run on my record,” she said. “I’m proud of my record. I’m proud that we’ve been able to do the things and accomplish the things that I believe the people sent me to Washington to do.”
Bright is a former Montgomery mayor who represented the district for two years as a Democrat before losing in 2010 to Roby. He ran an ad with footage of Roby’s Trump comment.