It's official: Jeff Sessions will run for his former U.S. Senate seat.
The former U.S. attorney general made his announcement last week on Fox News, telling Tucker Carlson he is not done with bringing his conservative convictions to the Senate.
“We need to get some of the Republicans moving,” Sessions told the program. “They haven't been pushing hard enough to advance the Trump agenda. So that's what I look forward in doing, and I think I can contribute to that."
Sessions, 72, served as a U.S. senator from 1997 until he became President Donald Trump’s first attorney general in 2017, a plumb cabinet post for the first senator to publicly support Trump’s candidacy.
But then came the Russia probe. Sessions became a target of Trump’s anger after recusing himself and eventually stepped down after enduring a tirade of condemnation from the president for doing so.
Sessions will likely upend an already competitive primary field 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 Democrat Doug Jones in the 2017 Special election.
The GOP has made recapturing that seat a priority for 2020.
Rob Chambers, director of policy and legislative affairs at the American Family Association, predicts Sessions will be hard to beat in the GOP primary.
"I certainly think it puts a damper on the likelihood of probably Judge Moore advancing into a primary runoff,” Chambers says. “It's probably looking like Jeff Sessions and also coach Tuberville."
Chambers has another prediction for the Senate race: Jones is going to be toast.
“Alabama is not a liberal state,” Chambers tells OneNewsNow. “So I think conservatives are going to send a clear message and send Doug Jones home because I don't see any foreseeable chance of him winning."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.