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Alabama consultant who helped guide Dem Senate victory dies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Giles Perkins, a lawyer and Democratic political consultant who helped guide U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign to victory in Alabama last year, has died. He was 51.

In a Monday statement, Jones mourned the loss of his dear friend. Jones said anyone who crossed paths with Perkins “saw his passion for making our state — and the entire South — the best version of itself.”

Perkins served as Jones’ campaign chairman and was among those who convinced him to enter the race to replace Jeff Sessions. He served as executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party in the 1990s and helped a number of Southern Democrats in their campaigns.

Jones sometimes referred to Perkins as “Yoda” because of the wisdom he dispensed.

Perkins had battled pancreatic cancer for several years.

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