After U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) appeared with his arm around Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser back in December, it was widely speculated Alabama's junior U.S. Senator had picked Britt as his choice to succeed his retiring colleague U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa).

Tuberville immediately denied that to be the case.

Britt defeated U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in the GOP's primary elections to win the nomination.

Earlier this week, Tuberville made his support official now that Britt has been declared the party's choice for the November ballot.

The former Auburn University head football coach made his endorsement known in an email to supporters.

“The U.S. Senate race here in Alabama is heating up – the left is desperate to score an upset victory this November,” the email began. “But I know that standing strong and united as conservatives, we can beat back their attempts to put this seat in Joe Biden’s pocket. I’m so proud to stand with AMERICA FIRST WARRIOR Katie Britt in this race! Katie scored an incredible victory in the primary runoff, carrying 66 out of 67 counties. She is a tireless campaigner who is 100% committed to the fight to save our country, serving as an inspiration to the next generation of Alabama conservatives."

Britt faces Democratic Party nominee Will Boyd and Libertarian Party nominee John Sophocleus in the November contest, where she is considered the prohibitive favorite.

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