Here we go again
It might soon be déjà vu all over again for Alabama.
Reuters reported on Friday that Roy Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court and the Republican candidate in the 2017 Alabama special election for Jeff Sessions' Senate seat, said that he is "seriously considering" challenging Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who defeated Moore during that previous campaign, in 2020.
Moore was a heavy favorite early on in 2017, but allegations that he sexually assaulted or pursued teenaged girls while in his 30s derailed his campaign, and Jones won the vote by a narrow margin, becoming the first Alabama Democrat in a quarter-century to win a Senate election.
Moore spoke about the possibility of running again on Friday during an appearance on the radio show "Focal Point", a Christian-based program which airs on American Family Radio. Per The Washington Post, Moore said that the 2017 election "was stolen" thanks to a "disinformation" campaign (he has denied the allegations against him.) The Post noted that there were a slew of misleading online tactics geared toward influencing the election, but most political analysts agree that those tactics were not the reasons behind his defeat. They argue that the allegations remain the impetus for Jones' victory.