Sen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama

Sen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama
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Democratic Sen. Doug Jones officially launched his reelection campaign in Alabama on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

Two years after pulling off a surprise victory in the deep-red state, Jones will again seek to represent Alabama in 2020.

“The success of our state depends on engaging the power and the spirit and the intellect of our millions of citizens,” Jones told supporters in Birmingham, according to AP.

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“No matter the zip code you live in, your race, your religion, your disability, your economic status — no matter who you love — we all want to succeed in a world where no one, no one is left behind."

Jones defeated Republican nominee Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama Flake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona Omar shares anonymous death threat, speaks out against 'hate' and need for security MORE in a 2017 special election precipitated by Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE's departure from the role to serve in the Trump administration.

That victory was helped by sexual misconduct allegations weighed against Moore.

Several women said Moore, in his 30s at the time, pursued romantic and sexual relationships with them when they were teens.

Moore has vehemently denied the allegations and is pursing the GOP nomination once more among a crowded field.

Jones faces a challenge for reelection, especially given that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE, who enjoys high popularity in Alabama, will also be on the ticket.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) slammed Jones following his announcement.

"Anti-Trump Democrat Doug Jones puts the interests of the most liberal and socialist members of his party ahead of his constituents," said NRSC spokesman Nathan Brand in a statement.

"Rather than standing for the principles and priorities of Alabama families, Jones has pledged his support to the extreme candidates in his party running for president."