Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, left, speaks with a supporter after a candidate forum in Pelham, Ala., on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
PELHAM, Ala.— One week before the Alabama special election Senate primary, Republican contenders are battling over who is the true conservative and who will be the strongest fighter for President Donald Trump.
That was evident Friday night when eight of the nine candidates showed up at a candidate forum at the civic center here. The Shelby County Republican Party’s event was one of the rare events where the top three contenders — Sen. Luther Strange, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks — were in the same room.