The runoff could prove to have policy implications for the Republican Party on immigration.

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Jeff Sessions will face off against college football coach Tommy Tuberville in a runoff election at the end of the month for the Republican nomination for US Senate in Alabama.

Returns of the initial primary on Tuesday night show Sessions narrowly leading Tuberville. Under Alabama’s election processes, a candidate needs more than 50% of the initial primary vote to avoid an additional runoff election held between the two leading candidates.

With almost 50% reporting, Sessions is neck and neck with Tuberville at around 35% of the vote.

A runoff election won’t include several other Republican candidates who ran for the Senate seat. Congressman Bradley Byrne took almost a quarter of the vote in the initial primary, and his supporters could prove crucial to whichever candidate hopes to win the March 31st runoff election.

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