Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) is considering asking Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) for his resignation.
If Strange were to resign, this would spark the need for a new special election.
What does this mean? How does this affect the December special election between Roy Moore (R) and Doug Jones (D)
If Strange were to resign, this would cause the cancellation of the December special election. The cancellation of the December special election would lead to a new special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former senate seat at some later date in the future.
How does a new special election help McConnell and Republicans?
It would give them the opportunity to put forth another Republican candidate without the same baggage that Moore has. A different Republican candidate would likely reclaim Sessions' old seat since Alabama is a reliably Republican state.
With less than four weeks until the special election and no sign that the party’s besieged nominee will exit the race, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his top advisers are discussing the legal feasibility of asking appointed Sen. Luther Strange to resign from his seat in order to trigger a new special election.
Previous reporting indicated McConnell might try to run Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a write-in candidate, but this option appears unfeasible:
Sessions isn't interested, according to several people who've spoken about it with him. He has received overtures from Republican lawmakers, including Richard Shelby, Alabama’s longtime Republican senator, who spoke with Sessions this week.