All signs point toward Sessions announcing his Senate run in the next day or so:
THE HILL – Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce plans to run for his former Senate seat before Friday, two sources told The Hill.
A source who is in regular contact with Sessions said Wednesday there is “99 percent certainty he will announce today or tomorrow.”
A separate source familiar with Sessions’s plans told The Hill that the former Alabama senator “will come out forcefully in support of [President] Trump’s agenda while denouncing Democrats’ impeachment efforts. And steps have already begun to hire campaign staff.”
The deadline to file for the Senate race is Friday.
Denouncing this impeachment effort and supporting Trump’s agenda is a good way to start. He always did support Trump’s agenda, he just got hamstrung by that recusal and you know the rest of that story.
The question remains whether enough Alabama voters are willing to put the past behind and vote Sessions back in the Senate. Trump created a lot of animosity toward sessions and in a strong Republican state, Sessions may not make it out of the primary.
The Hill points out that the field is already pretty crowded:
Sessions would be joining a crowded primary field that includes Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), former Auburn football Coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, businessman Stanley Adair, state Rep. Arnold Mooney and Roy Moore, the 2017 GOP nominee who lost to Sen. Doug Jones (D) in the special election to fill Sessions’s former seat.
Sessions would make the 7th candidate running for Senate. Wow.
There hasn’t been any recent polling that I can find, but according to a poll from the end of June (not listed on RCP), Tuberville might be the guy to beat:
The Cygnal survey, conducted June 22 – 23, with 612 likely GOP primary election voters, shows Moore in a distant third place (13%), trailing former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville (29%) and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (21%). 65% of survey respondents said they had an unfavorable opinion of Moore.
If Sessions does announce in the next day or so, I’m sure there will be a new poll out soon indicating how he’s fairing with the electorate. The results should be quite interesting.