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PoliticsAlabama's Roy Moore gives Republicans a big new headache

00:35  21 june  2019
00:35  21 june  2019 Source:   msnbc.com

Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce today if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore has scheduled a Thursday afternoon announcement in Montgomery. Moore lost the 2017 special election to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones amid allegations of past sexual misconduct with teenagers. Moore denied the allegations. President Donald Trump last month appeared to discourage Moore from entering the race. Trump tweeted that Moore "cannot win" and said Republicans need to retake the seat in the once reliably red state.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy S . Moore , a firebrand former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, overcame efforts by top Republicans to rescue his rival, Senator Luther Strange, soundly defeating him on Tuesday in a special primary runoff.

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama speaks Nov. 11 at the Vestavia Hills Public Now, the Alabama Republican Party is the only other GOP entity that is participating in Moore ' s He described a country in spiritual decline, said that the government "started creating new rights in 1965

Alabama's Roy Moore gives Republicans a big new headache© Drew Angerer BIRMINGHAM, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks as his wife Kayla Moore looks on during a news conference with...

Looking ahead to the 2020 congressional elections, Republicans are feeling pretty optimistic about maintaining their Senate majority. Not only are there few GOP incumbents in trouble, but Republicans also expect to pick up a Senate seat in Alabama currently represented by Sen. Doug Jones (D).

After all, from Republicans' perspective, Jones' special-election victory in late 2017 was something of a fluke. There's no way a Democrat could win in ruby-red Alabama under normal circumstances, and the only reason Jones narrowly prevailed is because he ran against disgraced former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), whom voters simply could not stomach.

McConnell vows to oppose Moore's Senate bid 'in every way'

McConnell vows to oppose Moore's Senate bid 'in every way' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Thursday that he and his allies will actively work to oppose Roy Moore's Senate bid, after the conservative firebrand jumped into the race. "He can do what he wants to, but we're certainly going to oppose him in every way," McConnell told the Associated Press shortly before Moore's announcement. Moore announced on Thursday afternoon that he would jump into the Senate race, after previously winning the party's nomination in 2017 only to lose to now-Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). Moore's candidacy is a national nightmare for Republicans.

Alabama has long faced a profound racial divide, which was reflected in the results. Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a While national Republicans accepted defeat, at Moore ’ s election night event, the candidate and his

Republican officials in Alabama staunchly defended their party’ s Senate nominee, Roy S . Moore , after a report that he had made sexual advances toward four teenage girls when he was in his 30 s . The Washington Post reported that, in early 1979, Mr. Moore

To flip the seat from "blue" to "red," the argument goes, all Republicans have to do is nominate someone who isn't Roy Moore.

Yeah, about that...

Roy Moore, the failed U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama who was accused of sexual misconduct by several women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, announced Thursday that he will run again for the seat.

"Yes, I will run for the United States Senate in 2020," Moore said, adding, "Can I win? Yes, I can. Not only can I, they know I can."

The right-wing Republican, who faced accusations of misconduct from nine women, said he intends to run a better campaign in 2020 by making "more personal contact" with voters.

Donald Trump, who twice failed to steer the Alabama race in his preferred direction, recently argued via Twitter that Moore "cannot win," and therefore shouldn't run. The president added that the "consequences will be devastating."

‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore

‘This place has enough creepy old men’: GOP vows to crush Roy Moore Republicans fear the conservative firebrand accused of sexual misconduct will cost them a crucial Senate seat.

PIEDMONT, Ala. — Roy S . Moore , a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, seems to keep score on everything. On campaign fund-raising, he can tell you how often he is outspent. He rattles off the courts whose views, he argues, support his unwavering opposition to same-sex marriage.

Roy Stewart Moore (born February 11, 1947) is an American politician and jurist who served as the 27th and 31st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama .

It's precisely why Democrats were so pleased with this afternoon's news.

Indeed, in February, Doug Jones effectively tried to taunt Moore into running again, seeing Moore as the Republican most likely to lose (again).

For his part, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who clearly hoped to avoid these circumstances, told the AP this morning, "He can do what he wants to, but we're certainly going to oppose him in every way."

It's worth emphasizing that Dems probably shouldn't get too excited, at least not at this point. It's possible, for example, that Moore will fall short in a GOP primary. It's also possible that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R), who used to hold this Senate seat, will try to reclaim it -- and if he does, he's very likely to succeed.

It's also possible that Moore could run and actually win the Senate race in 2020.

Having said all of that, Doug Jones' odds of holding onto that seat are a little better this afternoon than they were this morning, and Democrats are taking some comfort in watching so many Republicans reach for the antacids.

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Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party'.
Nikki Haley, the Trump administration's former ambassador to the United Nations, came out on Friday in opposition to Roy Moore launching another Senate bid in Alabama. "Who in the world are his advisors? At what point does he think another run will have a different response?" Haley asked on Twitter. "He does not represent our Republican Party," the former GOP governor of South Carolina added. Who in the world are his advisors? At what point does he think another run will have a different response. He does not represent our Republican Party. https://t.

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