All Eyes on Hot Alabama Senate Race

Nigel Farage will speak in Fairhope, Alabama on Monday night, in support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The Guardian has learned that the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) will join former White House advisor Steve Bannon and Duck Dynasty TV star Phil Robertson at an election eve rally.

Moore, a fiery opponent of gay marriage who condemned “sodomy” in prepared remarks in a televised debate, is in a tight race against appointed incumbent Luther Strange, for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s attorney general.

Farage is a longtime Trump ally. He appeared with Trump in an August 2016 rally in Jackson, Mississippi and appeared in the spin room in St Louis after the second presidential debate in October, touting Trump’s performance. On the campaign trail, Farage regularly compared Trump’s capture of the White House to the successful effort to push the UK out of the European Union. In return, Trump has urged prime minister Theresa May to make Farage ambassador to the US.

However, Trump has endorsed Strange, with whom he appeared in Huntsville on Friday night. Trump sang the praises of “Big Luther” but conceded that his endorsement “may have been a mistake” and promised to campaign with Moore if the controversial former state supreme court chief justice wins on Tuesday.

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The race has pitted Trump against much of his support base. Moore, who has the support of Sarah Palin and former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, among others, is a deeply controversial figure, twice removed as Alabama chief justice. A vocal opponent of gay rights, he has even suggested that homosexuality should be illegal.

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