Gov. Ivey moves election for Sessions' Senate seat to this year

Governor moves special election for US Senate seat

Governor moves special election for US Senate seat

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has moved up the date of the special election to fill the state's Senate seat by more than a year.

When Sessions was confirmed as USA attorney general on February 8, it created a vacancy that Bentley, by law, had a right to fill.

The seat is now held by appointee Luther Strange, Alabama's former attorney general.

"I promised to steady our ship of state".

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The new date pleased Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler, a Republican who filed suit against Bentley last month seeking to force a quicker special election. A runoff election is scheduled for September 26, and the general election will take place on December 12.

State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, said today he will seek the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Jeff Sessions and is now filled by interim Sen. Bentley allegedly had an extramarital affair with a former staffer and attempted to use the state's resources to hide the affair.

Zeigler told Reuters he considered Bentley's appointment of odd "questionable".

"Senator Strange is a fighter who is helping President Trump and Attorney General Sessions accomplish the reforms that Americans voted for last November, and we are fully committed to supporting him in the upcoming special election".

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Ivey said following the law took precedent in making her decision, and said she consulted legal counsel, leaders of the state house, and leaders of the budget committees.

"This is not a hastily-made decision", she said.

The move did not deter unusual, who said in a Tuesday statement that he is running for the Senate.

"As I've said before, I'm a candidate and I'm ready to run whether the election is next month or next year", he said.

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The seat was vacated when President Donald Trump appointed Sessions to U.S. Attorney General. "The people of Alabama have a right to decide who represents this state and now they will have that opportunity".

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