A political analyst has no doubt Jeff Sessions would win back his old Alabama Senate seat if he challenges the Democratic incumbent next year.
President Donald Trump's former U.S. attorney general has until 5:00 p.m., November 8, to decide if he wants to run for his old seat. According to three Republicans with knowledge of the situation, Sessions (pictured) has made telephone calls discussing a potential bid to return to the Senate. He represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate for ten years, from January 1997 to February 2017.
Sessions' entry into the upcoming race would upend an already competitive primary that includes U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville – and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost to current Senator Doug Jones (D) in the 2017 special election. The GOP has made recapturing that seat a priority for 2020.
Rob Chambers is director of policy and legislative affairs at the Mississippi-based American Family Association. He reacts to the possibility of Sessions jumping into the race.
"[If] you look at the field of candidates who are running, it's certainly going to make the primary election much more competitive," he offers. "Sessions is still going to have a pretty strong name ID there in Alabama. I think it will come down to who's going to be able to pull it off in a primary runoff."
Chambers predicts that if it came down to a Session-Jones matchup in the general election, Sessions "would eat his lunch."
"I don't see any doubt that Jeff Sessions would be able to pull that off," he adds. In fact, Chambers doesn't see any Republican losing to Jones next year.
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