By JAY KANE-LORENZOABERGER The Associated Press | Published Nov. 19, 2018 11:00 a.m.
Roy Moore is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2018 Republican presidential nomination in Birmingham.
But even though Moore has yet to officially announce his bid, the governor has made it clear he will not support the party’s standard bearer in the general election.
Birmingham Mayor Tommy Battle, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has expressed his support for the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, and other prominent Republicans, including former President George W. Bush, have also expressed interest in running.
Moore, 70, has made the most of the opportunity to showcase his leadership skills as the governor of the state that elected him to a second term in November.
He has built a reputation for being a tough guy and a pragmatic conservative, especially on issues like abortion rights, crime and the environment.
He has also used his power to roll back social and environmental policies that critics say have hurt the economy and hurt people of color.
It is unclear how far Moore has extended his reach beyond Alabama’s rural north, where his conservative base is largely concentrated.
During his time in office, Moore has also expanded his reach into a state where he won by less than a point in the 2016 election.
Moore also has an agenda that he will likely try to deliver to the Republican electorate, but he has been criticized by his critics for the lack of specifics about his priorities.
A number of Republicans, like former Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, are also considering running for the party nomination.
But the governor and other top Republicans have not endorsed any of them.
Trump’s endorsement is another blow to the party.
He is not a favorite of many moderate Republicans who want to see the party regain the power and influence it once enjoyed under President George H.W. Bush.
Trump is widely viewed as having too much control over the party and too much influence over the Senate and the House.
Republicans in Alabama are hoping to make up for the loss of Trump’s support with a strong showing in the 2018 midterm elections.
In Alabama, the GOP lost the governorship in 2016 and lost the U.S. House in 2018.
The state has been a key battleground in the U