Jeff Sessions Expected To Announce Run For His Old Senate Seat

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South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said Sessions was a "great senator" but was not getting into Alabama politics.

While Sessions has been beloved in Alabama - his last Senate campaign in 2014 was unopposed - Trump commands higher approval ratings there than just about any other state.

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"We'll file our papers tomorrow", Sessions told Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

Trump has repeatedly insulted Sessions since he left the president's cabinet, at times saying "Sessions didn't have a clue" and calling him an "embarrassment" as recently as a month ago.

He resigned from his post in the Senate in 2017 to become Mr Trump's first attorney general. Doug Jones, a Democrat. Ever since Sessions chose to recuse himself from the investigation into Trump's firing of James Comey, which led to the two-year-long Special Counsel probe, Trump has held a deep grudge for what he views was a grave betrayal by his first attorney general. "As for the general election, Sessions would certainly be the favorite given that it is a presidential year". Trump lauded Sessions at an early campaign rally in Alabama.

Recent reports suggest the president privately sent a message to Sessions making it clear that he does not support him and will "publicly attack" the former attorney general upon entering the race.

When rumors picked up that Sessions may run for his old seat, Trump expressed unhappiness at the prospect and mused about campaigning against his former friend, the people said.

Sessions said he has not yet had a chance to discuss his candidacy with the president. He said Sessions had a chance to stand and defend the president and failed.

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Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, however, told reporters on Thursday that he'd "absolutely" endorse his former colleague if he got into the race. Nope. Have I said a cross word about our president?

Others seeking the Republican nomination include U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Byrne slammed Sessions, claiming he "ran away" instead of defending the president during the Russian Federation investigation and impeachment inquiry.

Jones on Thursday did not criticize Sessions, but noted that Republicans had.

President Trump has widely ridiculed Mr Sessions since forcing him out of office, and is expected to support an opponent to his former ally.

In Alabama, midterm voters gave mixed assessments of their former senator.

Ken Brown, a 77-year-old retired Air Force colonel from Cullman County, has supported Sessions in the past, but won't this time.

His campaign nearly immediately released his first campaign ad in which he pledged his support to the Trump agenda. "Say no to traitor Jeff Sessions", adds a narrator at the end of the clip.

Chandler reported from Montgomery, Ala.

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