On Friday, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore told a conservative radio show that he was “seriously considering” seeking the GOP nod for another campaign against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. Moore was Team Red’s nominee in the 2017 special and lost 50-48 after multiple women accused him of preying on them when they were teenagers. Moore never conceded defeat to Jones (nor has he conceded his 2006 and 2010 primary losses for governor) and continued to raise money for what he called an “election integrity program” months after that contest.
Moore began making noises about running last month, with Jones all but daring him to jump in. Unsurprisingly, national Republicans had the opposite reaction, with the NRSC’s executive director telling the Washington Examiner, “The NRSC’s official stance is ABRM: anyone but Roy Moore.”
It’s tough to see Moore winning the GOP nod again after all that happened in 2017. It doesn’t help him that Alabama requires a runoff in primary contests where no one earns a majority of the vote, so he couldn’t just get through a crowded field to win with only a plurality of the vote.
However, a Moore-Jones rematch isn’t something we can rule out. Moore has long had a solid base of support among Alabama’s numerous social conservative voters, and that may not have changed even after the 2017 race. Moore has always claimed that the numerous women who accused him were part of a conspiracy against him, and plenty of his fans, including one in the White House, agreed with him. However, that doesn’t mean Donald Trump will be so keen to see him run again.
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