Sessions to Announce Run for His Old Senate Seat

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2019

Jeff Sessions, a former attorney general forced out by President Donald Trump, will announce on Thursday he is running next year to regain his old U.S. Senate seat from Alabama, a Republican official familiar with his plans said on Wednesday.

Sessions held the seat from 1997 to 2017. Doug Jones, and the victor of the primary will be heavily favored to win next November in a deep-red state with Trump at the top of the ticket.

He was frequently mocked by Trump after he recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones received the 2017 special election to fill Sessions' seat. Rep. Bradley Byrne, Alabama's 1st congressional district, has announced he is running for the seat in 2020. Sessions will reportedly make his intentions public before the end of the week, putting months of speculation to rest.

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He defeated former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct involving young women.

If Sessions does decide to join the crowded field of contenders, he would have to do so by the filing deadline on Friday. Sessions stepped down as Attorney General on November 2018.

"And then there's the fact that the president of the United States despises him, has openly said he will vigorously campaign against him", Rogers added.

"I don't think there's this need for Jeff Sessions to come and rescue the state anymore", the consultant said.

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