Republican U.S. Senate hopeful U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) received the Alabama Republican Assembly (ARA) endorsement.

By a near-unanimous selection, the group endorsed Brooks in his U.S. Senate bid following their annual meeting in Tuscaloosa.

According to a release from the Brooks campaign, a 65% threshold from voting members of the ARA was required to receive the endorsement.

The vote was 96% for Brooks, 2% for former Business Council of Alabama CEO and President Katie Britt and 2% for U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant.

"After careful evaluation of all candidates, the Alabama Republican Assembly determined that Mo Brooks is clearly the only true and consistent conservative running for US Senate," Don Wallace, president of the ARA, said. "We congratulate Mo on a decisive victory and endorse him for the US Senate."

Brooks applauded the endorsement and attacked his opponents, who he described as "Trojan horses" in a statement announcing the endorsement.

"I thank the Alabama Republican Assembly for their overwhelming 96% vote in support of my candidacy," Brooks said. "Despite a barrage of false, deceptive ads to the contrary, Republicans are figuring out that I am the only conservative candidate in Alabama’s Senate race and that both Katie Britt and Mike Durant are nothing more than high taxing, open border, special interest group Trojan horses.

"The US Senate already has too many weak-kneed, liberal Republicans who masquerade as conservatives when campaigning yet join the Senate’s 'Surrender Caucus' at the very first sign of heated political battle. America needs a fighter in the Senate.  That is why the Alabama Republican Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed Mo Brooks."

Republican voters head to the polls on May 24 to cast a ballot for their preference of which candidate will represent the GOP on the November ballot. Should a candidate not receive more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held on June 22 to determine the nominee.

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