BIRMINGHAM — At Saturday's Alabama Republican Party winter meeting, the party's nearly 500-member state executive committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse former President Donald Trump for president ahead of the state's March 5 GOP primary.

The endorsement comes as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley remains in the race despite Trump's early wins in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

The resolution was brought by State Rep. Mack Butler (R-Gadsden).

Resolution as follows:

The Alabama Republican Party believes that the outcome of elections and the decisions of political leaders have serious consequences for the American people. We recognize that Donald Trump's track record as President provided increased economic opportunities for each individual, kept our communities safer, made our borders more secure, and reduced inflation as well as gas prices. We believe in the American first policies that made these successes possible, and we fully support Donald J. Trump's campaign for President of the United States of America.

"While we appreciate all of the Republican candidates who put their names forward to the people of American this election cycle, we believe now is the time to unite around President Trump as the right choice to restore America."

"Today, Alabama's Republican Party sent a clear message that we are united behind President Donald Trump as the 2024 Republican nominee," Alabama Republican Party chairman John Wahl said in a statement. "We respect the other candidates, and we thank them for running, but the Alabama GOP believes Donald Trump is the clear conservative choice."

"He has proven time and time again that he will never stop fighting to put America first and defend the values that made America great," he continued. "The bottom line is that Donald Trump has a clear track record of improving the economy, creating jobs, strengthening our national defense, and pushing back on the socialist agenda being forced on Americans. Those are the values we need in the White House to get our country back on track. The Alabama GOP believes it is the time to unite behind President Trump and focus our time, energy, and resources on defeating Joe Biden and his disastrous policies in November."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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