Embattled governor would choose Sen. Sessions' successor

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general has set off jockeying for his seat in Alabama, leaving the state's embattled Republican governor — who faced an impeachment push after affair allegations — to choose a successor.

The rush to fill Sessions' Senate term comes in a year that saw the state House speaker removed from office after being convicted of corruption. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore also got the boot for his defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.

Two of the highest-ranking Republicans in state office — Attorney General Luther Strange and Senate President Del Marsh — are among those thought to be interested in the job. There is a potential wrinkle for Strange, though: His office called off a House committee investigating whether the governor should be impeached.

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