Moore was backed by Trump and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Senate Republicans opposed him.
Perhaps the most colorful of the statements opposing Moore came from Arizona Republican Sen.
Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 3, 2018.
RepublicanRoy Moore, who lost Alabama's Senate special election in 2017, announced Thursday he'll mount another challenge against Democratic Sen.
"Can I win? Yes, I can win". Judge Moore said. "I think the people of Alabama know me and know what I stand for". "That's why there's so much opposition".
Trump took to Twitter on May 29 to say he supported Moore during the 2017 special election for the Alabama seat but does not for the 2020 election. The campaign attempted to link Moore to Russian Federation, claiming that his campaign was being supported by the Kremlin.
Polls show Jones consistently behind the Republican nominee, whether it is Moore or somebody else, and he's considered one of the weakest Democrats nationwide in terms of the likelihood of holding on to the seat.
"Republicans can not allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama", the president wrote in a tweet.
'The people of Alabama are exhausted of politicians saying one thing and doing another, ' he added. "He has no place as a candidate in our party". President Donald Trump won deep-red Alabama with 62% of the vote in 2016. He said that he would have beaten Jones otherwise and that the allegations against him had "very little" to do with his loss.
Last month, the president himself offered a shrugging portrait of Moore and his political future. "Roy Moore can not win, and the consequences will be devastating.Judges and Supreme Court Justices!" I think he is being pushed by the NRSC.
"He doesn't seem to be interested in coming back to the Senate", Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and legislator Arnold Mooney have already announced bids.
That support from evangelical voters, along with his name recognition from past races, propelled him to the GOP primary victory in 2017 and could make him a formidable primary candidate again in 2020. If no candidate gets 50% of the vote, the top two will advance to an April 14 runoff election. "One of the best ways to avoid bumbling into war, a war that nobody wants, is to have a robust, open debate, and for Congress to have a real say".
Richard Shelby told reporters shortly before Moore's announcement. Is it because I believe in God and marriage ... and the right of a baby in the womb to have a life?
Roy Moore announced he is running for Senate.
"I will be in this race regardless of who is running in this race because it is up to the people of Alabama not about people getting in and not about pollsters in Washington, not about people from government or whatever".
Nicolas Johnson, a college student in Montgomery, said, "I really think to myself that this is going to be just another wasted opportunity for Republicans to really submit themselves as people that are for the people".