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Merrill in Alabama GOP Senate race; Sessions still a factor

Jun. 25, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Tuesday he's joining a growing field of Republican primary candidates competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones next year. "Let's take this Senate seat back and give it back to the people of Alabama," Merrill said...

The Latest: Shelby says Sessions hasn't ruled out Senate run

Jun. 25, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Alabama Senate race (all times local): 4:30p.m. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said former attorney general Jeff Sessions has not ruled out running for his old Senate seat and would be a "formidable" candidate if he did. Shelby told reporters Tuesday that his former...

Roy Moore in uphill battle to woo skeptical Alabama voters

Jun. 21, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a state that has long been reliably Republican, Roy Moore faces an uphill battle in winning over skeptical voters to take back the Alabama Senate seat he lost two years ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls. With GOP leaders including President Donald...

Roy Moore running for Senate despite discouragement from GOP

Jun. 20, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, defying Republican leaders who urged the polarizing jurist not to run for the Alabama seat they hope to reclaim in 2020. A former chief justice known for hardline stances against gay marriage and for the Ten...

The Latest: Sen. Jones: Moore candidacy 'not good' for state

Jun. 20, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Roy Moore's decision on whether to run for U.S. Senate in Alabama (all times local): 5 p.m. Democratic Sen. Doug Jones says Roy Moore's decision to run for the seat again in 2020 "is not good for the state of Alabama." Jones told The Associated Press after Moore's...

Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

Jun. 18, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama will announce this week if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, confirmed that he will make an announcement on the Senate race Thursday. Moore, who lost in 2017 to Democrat Doug Jones, told The Associated...

Democratic official gets party backing for Graham challenge

May. 30, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Democratic National Committee official got major party backing Thursday in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, support that brings with it the promise of help with fundraising and grassroots organizing support, both of which would be crucial in trying to...

Trump urges Roy Moore not to run for US Senate in Alabama

May. 29, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate again in 2020, saying the GOP must regain the once reliably red state and Moore "cannot win." Moore, who contends establishment Republicans are trying to keep him from running,...

The Latest: Roy Moore tells AP 'everybody knows I can win.'

May. 29, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump discouraging Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate again in 2020. (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Alabama Republican Roy Moore is insisting he can win a Senate rematch in 2020, and says he won't be influenced by President Donald Trump's tweets...

State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...