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Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville routed ex-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Tuesday's Primary Runoff Election to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. 

Tuberville captured nearly 61 percent of the vote to beat the former senator and set up a showdown with incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November's general election. 

Sessions threw his support behind Tuberville in comments to supporters after the race was called Tuesday evening. 

"I know that Jeff Sessions and his supporters are going to be behind us," said Tuberville. "We're going to need everybody on deck. This is going to be hard, so we do appreciate your support, and now we're on the same team."

President Donald Trump, who endorsed Tuberville in the race, tweeted his congratulations after the race was called, calling it a "A GREAT WIN!"

"(Tuberville) Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama," he tweeted. 

Tuberville also showed his strength in his old stomping grounds, picking up more than 72 percent of the vote in Lee County. 

Jones, who won a seat in the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2017, called Tuberville an "unprepared hyper-partisan that will add to the divide in Washington," in a statement. 

Jones' seat is considered the most at-risk for Democrats in the general election.

Republican Beth Kellum edged out Will Smith for appeals judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals in the only other race on Lee County's ballot, picking up almost 54 percent of the vote. 

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