Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones gets first GOP Challenger for 2020

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An Alabama Congressman on Wednesday, the first prominent Republican has entered the race to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, one of the most vulnerable incumbent up for re-election in 2020.

U.S. REP Bradley Byrne announced his intention to run for the place that was once the former US attorney General, Jeff Sessions, vowed to be a senator “who will fight with President Trump.”

“We nominate the right conservative to run this race,” Byrne said in a telephone interview with Fox News on Wednesday evening after his announcement, with the Fans in Mobile. “Someone who can most appeal to the porridge, our Republican coalition in Alabama, the Democrat, is a strong race against incumbent has Doug Jones, now a record.”


In the year of 2017, Jones is a big surprise in the Alabama pulled out the victory over the struggling Republican Roy Moore in a special election to fill the Sessions ” – free fit. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, before which a number of statements during the campaign that he pursued romantic relationships with young girls while he was in his thirties — accusations Moore repeatedly denied.

But the allegations, the driven Jones to victory, making him the first Democrat to win election to the Senate of the deeply conservative state in 25 years.

U.S. REP Bradley Byrne announced his intention to run for the seat once the former US attorney General Jeff Sessions at a campaign event in Mobile, vowed to be a senator “who will fight with President Trump. (Byrne Campaign).

“I think 2017 was a completely unique situation,” Byrne said. “It was very funny, from beginning to end. I just don’t see that happening again. President Trump is at the top of the ticket. I can’t see people voting for President trump, and then over and voting for a democratic senator.”


Jones is a top target for Republicans in a state Trump won with 62 percent of the vote in Alabama in the year 2016.

“Doug Jones is said for gun control,” Byrne said. “Doug Jones is for abortion. Doug Jones is up against the wall. Doug Jones Kavanaugh against judges. Doug Jones is against Donald Trump. I would say, each and every one of these disqualifications is the end.”

Rate trump is the first term, Byrne cited the President’s record on judges, tax reform, the economy, and the border guard and said, “I am very satisfied. I think he was a great President. I have to be satisfied, one of the strongest supporters, he has in Congress.”

Byrne, a former state legislator and Chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system, was first elected to Congress in the year 2013. He made an unsuccessful bid for Alabama’s governorship in 2010.

Jones’ campaign in a statement Wednesday, Byrne called a “career politician.”

“It doesn’t matter whether Senator Jones has 1 enemy or 100. His focus is on the work for people in Alabama is, whether it is the protection of our auto-jobs and the peasants against dangerous rates building or infrastructure in the health sector in the state of Alabama, said in the rural communities,” the Democrat campaign, the statement.

The GOP primary wear could be a large field, with the other, as Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, consider getting into the race.

Sessions, who was forced out of the Ministry of justice last year after infuriating the President over his withdrawal from the Russia-investigation, has not ruled out running for his old seat. But the former attorney General has no perceptible movements, indicating he is preparing for a run.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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