GOP braces for fight as Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run

GOP braces for fight as Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File). FILE- In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Midland City, Ala.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama is considering a fresh run for Senate next year.

The former state Supreme Court chief justice was the narrow loser of a turbulent special election for the same Senate seat in 2017. His campaign was battered by allegations of long-ago sexual harassment of teenagers, which he denied.

National Republican leaders are signaling that they'll try preventing their party from nominating Moore — as they unsuccessfully tried doing two years ago.

Moore’s defeat made him the first Republican in reliably red Alabama to lose a Senate race in a quarter century. National party leaders say a Moore nomination would endanger what they view as a strong shot at defeating Sen. Doug Jones , the Democrat and former federal prosecutor who upset Moore two years ago.