2020 U.S. Senate race heating up in Alabama

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(BIRMINGHAM, Ala. WIAT)– Roy Moore will announce his decision on a run for US Senate this Thursday. With this news, the race for one of Alabama’s US Senate seats could be a bit more crowded. The pressure is on for Republicans to reclaim the Senate seat Doug Jones won in 2017.

We’re also waiting for Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill to make his announcement. He filed paperwork with the FEC to run for Senate. He says if he decides to run, a formal announcement will be made next week. Merrill and Moore will join three other Republicans, vying for incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones’ seat.

While Roy Moore has stated his confidence in his ability to win, the president says if he runs, it could cost Republicans the Senate seat. Moore lost in 2017 to Doug Jones after several sexual misconduct allegations with teenage women surfaced. Allegations Moore repeatedly denied 

Earlier tonight CBS 42 Reporter Malique Rankin spoke with two county GOP chairs on how they feel the 2020 senate race will shape up.

“I don’t know, I think Alabama has shown they’ll make up their own mind and that will be the deciding factor on what Alabama decides without any outside interference,” said Joan Reynolds, the chair of Shelby County Republican Party.

“I really think Roy Moore knows his days are numbered in the Senate [race] and one of our people will step in there and do a great job,” said Butch Zaragoza the chair of Jefferson county republican party.

Doug Jones does not yet have any democratic competitors. State Representative John Rogers has been flirting with the idea. CBS 42 spoke with him earlier today, he says he’ll announce a decision in the next two weeks.

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