Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn football coach, announces bid for Senate seat of Doug Jones in Alabama

Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn football coach, announces bid for Senate seat of Doug Jones in Alabama

Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn football coach, announces bid for Senate seat of Doug Jones in Alabama



The former head coach of Auburn, who had considered running for governor of Alabama in 2018, has his eyes on the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Doug Jones.

"After more than a year of listening to the citizens of Alabama, I have listened to their concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow, and I am honored to announce the next step: I will be an @GOP candidate for the United States Senate. I invite my team to join, "said Tuberville in a Twitter Publish on Saturday.
Jones won the position that Jeff Sessions left in 2017 when Sessions became the Attorney General of the United States. Jones beat Roy Moore by a half percentage point in a contentious special election campaign.

Jones earned a bachelor's degree from Auburn's rival, the University of Alabama.

CNN has approached Tuberville and its campaign for comments.

The Republican primary for the seat is March 3, 2020. Rep. Bradley Byrne also announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for the Senate.

Tuberville, 64, won 159 games during his 20-year career as a head coach at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. His Auburn team in 2004 was undefeated, winning the SEC title, but went on to play in the national championship game.


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