Roy Moore to announce Thursday if he will run for Senate again

Roy Moore to announce Thursday if he will run for Senate again
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Controversial Republican Judge 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 will announce on Thursday whether he will mount a 2020 Senate bid after hinting at the choice for weeks, Politico reported.

Moore’s wife, Kayla, sent an invitation to friends to attend an announcement event Thursday. The note was obtained by Politico.

"Judge has spoken with most all of you on the phone over the past few weeks and is appreciative of your warm support," she wrote. "We will be making an official announcement regarding the [Senate] race in Montgomery this Thursday" afternoon.

Moore lost a 2017 special election to Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) after multiple women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations about the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice they say occurred when they were teenagers, including one woman who said he sexually assaulted her when she was 16.

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Rumors of the campaign have been panned on both sides of the aisle. Last month, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE weighed in on Twitter, arguing he has “nothing” against Roy Moore, but that he “cannot win” the Senate seat.

“I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t," the president continued. "If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating....Judges and Supreme Court Justices!"

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John Trump2020 is not a family affair, for a change Pompeo jokes about speaking at Trump hotel: 'The guy who owns it' is 'going to be successful' Ex-sycophants highlight the void of competence around Trump MORE has also cautioned Moore to avoid the race for the good of the Republican Party.

"You’re literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA," Trump Jr. tweeted last month. "Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about #MAGA more than your own ego, it's time to ride off into the sunset, Judge.”

Jones also mocked Moore on Twitter, saying it has been "amusing" to see the GOP reject his campaign, writing, "Sorry Roy, guess they're just not that into you anymore." 

Several candidates are also already running for the seat in Alabama. Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP lawmakers call for provisions barring DOD funds for border wall to be dropped GOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami MORE (R-Ala), former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and state Rep. Arnold Mooney are all officially running, and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee, according to Politico.