Report: Sen. Jeff Sessions May Give First Presidential Primary Endorsement

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Conservative grassroots icon Jeff Sessions may break precedent and endorse a presidential candidate in the heated 2016 Republican primary, according to a new interview.


In the three competitive Republican presidential primaries that have taken place since U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has been in office, Alabama’s junior senator has never endorsed a candidate. But Sessions is considering bucking that pattern in 2016, he told Roll Call in a story published Tuesday.

It’s unclear whether the announcement would come before or after the so-called “SEC Primary,” which includes Alabama, on March 1. Backing from Sessions, who is extremely popular in the state, could give a significant boost to any of the 16 Republicans in the race.

Sessions avoided primary endorsements in 2000, 2008 and 2012 – the three times in his 17 years in office when Republicans had a competitive primary.

“A few people might be interested in how I would evaluate the candidates. … I’m not going to go out and just jump out and start advocating for somebody that I’m not really sure represents the best for America,” Sessions told Roll Call.

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