Roy Moore: 'Everybody knows I can win'

Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreMontgomery, Ala., elects first African American mayor GOP Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville says Trump has 'put a noose' around farmers' necks with trade war Sen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama MORE insists he can win a Senate race next year and will not be deterred by comments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE and other Republicans discouraging him from running. 

The Alabama Republican told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that establishment Republicans do not want him to challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in 2020 because “everybody knows I can win.”


Moore and Jones faced off in a 2017 Senate special election to replace Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE after he became attorney general. Jones upset Moore in red Alabama after the Republican’s campaign was marred by allegations of sexual misconduct toward minors when he was in his 30s. 

There has been talk, though, that Moore may be considering a rematch against Jones.

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP seeks to gain more control of impeachment narrative GOP Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville says Trump has 'put a noose' around farmers' necks with trade war Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 MORE (R-Ala.), who launched his own Senate campaign in February, told The Hill on Tuesday he’s spoken to GOP sources close to Moore who said the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice will announce his Senate bid in the coming days. Byrne expressed confidence that Moore would not win the Republican primary if he chooses to run.

On Wednesday morning, President Trump urged Moore not to run again.

“Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama,” Trump, who backed Moore in 2017, tweeted. “I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t.” 

“Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating....Judges and Supreme Court Justices,” he added.

Moore dismissed those remarks. 

“I think the President is coming under pressure from people in Washington scared I will run for the Senate, scared I will win and know I can win,” Moore told the AP. He added that the criticism will not sway his decision on whether to enter the race. 

Republicans are hoping to maintain their 53-47 majority in the Senate. Twenty-two GOP senators will be defending their seats, while only 12 Democrats are running for reelection.