As expected for the past several weeks, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill joined the Republican field of US Senate candidates hoping to win the party nomination to oppose Sen. Doug Jones (D). Mr. Merrill, the only current statewide elected official of the challenging group, will face US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile), former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice and 2017 Senate nominee Roy Moore, and state Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Shelby County).
In terms of determining the Senate majority in the next election, this race could be the most important. Should the Republicans take this seat back and move their majority number to 54, it will become very difficult for the Democrats to convert enough GOP seats to establish their own new majority.
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