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Politics Alabama secretary of state exits Senate race, cites Sessions

08:15  02 december  2019
08:15  02 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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On 'Fox News @ Night,' John Merrill speaks out ahead of Election Day.

Alabama secretary of state exits Senate race , cites Sessions .

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill suspended his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Sunday, citing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ entrance into the crowded Republican race.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill waits to certify the results of the 2017 Special Election for U.S. Senator, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)© ASSOCIATED PRESS Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill waits to certify the results of the 2017 Special Election for U.S. Senator, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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A special election for the United States Senate in Alabama took place on December 12, 2017, to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate through the end of the term ending on January 3, 2021

The 2014 United States Senate election in Alabama took place on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate for Alabama .

Merrill announced his decision in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Merrill said he “saw a path to victory” when he entered the race in June, but that Sessions’ decision to join the field last month “dramatically” changed the race to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in 2020.

“With Senator Sessions’ late entry into this race, we have come to realize that a crowded Republican primary only benefits Doug Jones and the out of touch liberal Democrats,” Merrill said in the statement.

Others contending for the GOP nomination include former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, state Rep. Arnold Mooney and Roy Moore, the right-wing lightning rod who faced allegations of sexual misconduct and lost to Jones in the 2017 special election.

Jones is the only Democrat to hold statewide office in Alabama.

The large field has increased the chances that the March 3 GOP primary will head to a runoff if no candidate tops 50% of the primary vote.

Merrill, who has previously said he considers Sessions one of his heroes, did not make an endorsement in the statement. He said he would continue to serve as Alabama’s secretary of state.

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