Alabama’s Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

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In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally in Fairhope, Ala. The defeated Senate candidate is talking about a defamation suit after discovering that he too was duped by actor Sacha Baron Cohen. He says he didn’t know Cohen would mock Israel […]

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Republican Roy Moore will announce today if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Moore has scheduled a Thursday afternoon announcement in Montgomery.

Moore lost the 2017 special election to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones amid allegations of past sexual misconduct with teenagers. Moore denied the allegations.

President Donald Trump last month appeared to discourage Moore from entering the race. Trump tweeted that Moore “cannot win” and said Republicans need to retake the seat in the once reliably red state.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and state legislator Arnold Mooney have already announced GOP primary bids.

A former Alabama chief justice, Moore maintains a following among some evangelical voters because of his stances against same-sex marriage and for the public display of the Ten Commandments.

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