Alabama Governor Moves Up Date for Special Senate Election

by Abel Hampton April 20, 2017, 0:12
Alabama Governor Moves Up Date for Special Senate Election

In 2020, there will be another election, for the full six-year term in the U.S. Senate. "However, following the law trumps the expense of a special election", Ivey said.

The new schedule sets an August 15 primary and, if needed, a September 26 runoff.

Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) will have to hit the campaign trail earlier than expected after Alabama's new governor ordered a special election this year to permanently replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate in February.

"This is not a hastily-made decision".

"I promised to steady our ship of state".

Strange, who was previously Alabama's attorney general, said he would have run for the Senate seat even if he had not been appointed by Bentley.

"As the only announced candidate for this office, I will spend the next several months being the best Senator I can be, upholding Alabama values and working with President Donald Trump to drain the swamp and help make America great again", odd said. "As the only announced candidate for this office, I will spend the next several months being the best Senator I can be, upholding Alabama values and working with President Donald Trump to drain the swamp and help make America great again".

On a related note, AL.com reported last night, "Rep. Ed Henry, the lawmaker who launched the move to impeach former Gov. Robert Bentley previous year, announced today he will run for the U.S. Senate".

The new date pleased Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler, a Republican who filed suit against Bentley last month seeking to force a quicker special election.

The winners will face off in the general election on December 12, 2017.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee pledged its support for unusual on Tuesday.

Some legislators, including Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said Bentley violated the law by preventing voters from choosing Sessions' replacement for 16 months.

The Alabama Democratic Caucus released a statement saying this will put the state one more step closer to moving on from one of the state's darkest political periods. "This demonstrates a departure from the backroom politics that we have seen for too long in Montgomery", England said.


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