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Roy Moore Announces Senate Run Despite Trump Saying He ‘Cannot Win’

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Alabama Republican and former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has announced a run for Senate in 2020 despite objections from other Republicans and President Donald Trump.

Moore officially announced his run Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press reported earlier today that people with direct knowledge of Moore’s thinking said they expected him to jump into the 2020 race.

Moore famously lost a 2017 special election that sent Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate to take over Jeff Sessions‘ vacated seat.

During the 2017 race, Moore was accused of molesting teenaged girls, including one woman who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 14. Moore has denied the allegations.

Republicans see retaking the Alabama seat as a top priority in 2020, as Jones is considered one of the most endangered incumbent Democrats. Trump himself has said Moore “cannot win” an election in Alabama.

Before his failed run, Moore was twice elected as the state’s chief justice but was kicked out of office two separate times after a judicial ethics panel said he defied federal court orders.

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