WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump congratulated Rep. Martha Roby on her primary victory in the Republican contest for Alabama’s Second Congressional District.
Congratulations to Martha Roby of The Great State of Alabama on her big GOP Primary win for Congress. My endorsement came appropriately late, but when it came the “flood gates” opened and you had the kind of landslide victory that you deserve. Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Roby defeated former Rep. Bobby Bright in Tuesday’s contest. Roby received 68 percent of the vote whereas Bright received 32 percent, according to the Associated Press.
Bright represented the second district as a Democrat from 2009-11. Prior to that he served as mayor of Montgomery for nearly a decade.
Roby did not the meet the 50 percent vote threshold in the June jungle primary needed to directly advance to the general election. She will face Democrat Tabitha Isner in November. The district is reliably Republican.
Roby’s relationship with Trump was not always rosy.
Roby withdrew her support from then-candidate Trump in October 2016 following the release of an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump said his celebrity status permitted him to take sexual liberties with women.
“Donald Trump’s behavior makes him unacceptable as a candidate for president, and I won’t vote for him” Roby then tweeted.
However, since Trump took office, Roby has emphasized her support for the president and most of the administration’s policies. She was an enthusiastic supporter of both the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Republican-led attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.