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Trump campaign calls off Mobile rally, reports say

President Donald Trump has scrapped plans to hold a rally in Mobile for U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville before the July 14 Republican runoff election, CNN reports. 

Trump had planned to hold the rally for the former Auburn football coach, who’s running against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump has been publicly criticizing for many months after Sessions recused himself from the investigation into the 2016 presidential election. 

But plans for the rally, which was to be held in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, were called off as state officials expressed concern about surging COVID-19 cases in Alabama, according to CNN. CNN cited a person close to the Trump campaign as saying there are no current rally plans on the horizon. 

The decision to hold off on the Mobile rally and others comes after low turnout at Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma,  which the campaign had advertised drew more than a million ticket requests. 

Multiple campaign staffers and two U.S. Secret Service officers tested positive for COVID-19 after the Tulsa rally, which the fire marshal said drew just under 6,200 people, according to several news accounts.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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