As expected, former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) officially announced his US Senate candidacy, joining state Rep. Ed Henry and former Alabama Christian Coalition president Randy Brinson as Republican primary challengers to appointed Sen. Luther Strange. Defeated state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., who was President Trump’s Alabama campaign co-chairman, has filed an exploratory committee and is expected to soon make his candidacy official. State Senate President Del Marsh (R) is also likely to soon enter the race. US Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) are also possibilities. It would be surprising not to see one or more of the Congressmen join the race, since they don’t have to risk their US House seats to run in this special election. The candidate filing deadline is May 17. The special primary is now set for August 15th, with a run-off, if necessary, scheduled for September 26th.
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