Molly Prince, DCNF
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be gunning to return to the U.S. Senate seat he previously occupied following his resignation from the Department of Justice on Thursday.
After Sessions was ousted from his role at the White House, rumors began to percolate that his future aspirations may involve re-taking the seat he gave up when elevated to the attorney general position, which, according to sources close to Sessions, he is “taking a serious look” at.
Former Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the vacant seat after Sessions’ attorney general appointment, expressed his excitement via twitter over the Senate prospect.
“Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!” Strange wrote.
Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020! #alpolitics
— Luther Strange (@lutherstrange) November 7, 2018
Republicans ultimately lost the seat after Strange was defeated in the primary by Roy Moore, who faced massive backlash after allegations arose that Moore had molested a teenager in the 1970’s. Democratic Sen. Doug Jones won the special election and is seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators in 2020 due to how conservative Alabama typically votes.
Steve Flowers, a former Alabama state legislator, opined on the matter saying that Sessions would win easily if he decided to run.
Jeff Sessions should run for his old Senate seat in 2020. He’d win easily. #alpolitics
— Steve Flowers (@SteveFlowersAL) November 7, 2018
Sessions served in the senate for 20 years, holding the seat from 1997 until 2017 — he was widely popular Alabama, winning his re-elections in a landslide.
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