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Alabama Republican Roy Moore announced Thursday that he is running for U.S. Senate again in 2020 after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations.
With his return to the political stage, Moore faces a crowded GOP primary field as he aims for an eventual rematch against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who bested him in the 2017 special election to fill the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions.
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'I believe in America. I believe we've got to have politicians that go to Washington and do what they say,' Moore said during his announcement.
Asked at the news conference what he'd do differently, he said, 'I would like to make more personal contact with people.'
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Some state and national Republicans, worried that Moore's too polarizing and could jeopardize what should otherwise be a reliable GOP seat, have discouraged him from entering the race. Republicans see retaking the Alabama seat as a top priority in 2020.
'Alabama can do better than Roy Moore,' the state's senior senator, Republican Richard Shelby, told reporters shortly before Moore's announcement.
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He declined to say what he would do to try blocking Moore but said he believed 'a lot' of Republican groups would oppose him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concurred in a brief interview with The Associated Press before the announcement.
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'He can do what he wants to, but we're certainly going to oppose him in every way,' the Kentucky Republican said.
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