Dumped Attorney General Jeff Sessions is weighing a bid to win back his old Senate seat in Alabama, a report said.
Sessions, fired by President Trump a day after Republicans lost control of the House in the midterm elections, left the seat in 2017 when he was nominated to head up the Justice Department.
But Sessions could run against Democrat Doug Jones, who won a special election in December 2017 to fill the seat and is up for re-election in 2020, Politico reported late Wednesday.
Jones, the first Democrat to win a US Senate seat in Alabama since 1992, is believed to be a highly vulnerable candidate because of the state’s deep-red leanings, the report said.
Sessions, 71, has a long political history in Alabama.
He served as the US attorney in the state’s southern district, was elected state attorney general in 1994 and then to the Senate in 1996.
Republican Luther Strange, who was temporarily appointed to Sessions’ seat, took to Twitter to encourage him to run.
“Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020! #alpolitics,” he wrote.
A political analyst in the state predicted Sessions would run for the seat.
“I think Jeff will run for his Senate seat in 2020,” Jonathan Gray told Al.com.
Sessions, who resigned at Trump’s urging Wednesday, provoked the president’s ire after he recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.