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(Report) Mitch McConnell Floats Replacing Roy Moore With Jeff Sessions

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is floating the idea of pushing Jeff Sessions to run as a write-in candidate in Alabama.(Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is floating the idea of pushing Jeff Sessions to run as a write-in candidate in Alabama. This would achieve three things: 1) It would rid of the party of the embattled Moore, 2) it would possibly lead to Republicans keeping Sessions' seat, and 3) it would allow President Donald Trump to appoint a new Attorney General, one that could act directly in the Russia probe, unlike Sessions, who had to recuse himself.

According to CNN,

McConnell brought up the idea Tuesday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council's annual meeting in Washington, proposing Sessions as a write-in candidate to take back his old Senate seat. He cited Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as a successful example of a write-in campaign.

Moore has not shown signs he plans to exit the race, meaning the Republicans would face the possibility of a split ticket. But McConnell thinks Sessions - like Murkowski - has what it takes to claim victory:

"So, why did she win? She was totally well-known and extremely popular. And the name being the most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general, who is totally well-known and extremely popular in Alabama," he said.

For his part, Sessions has shown no interest in a return to the Senate.

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