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Jones hires campaign manager for 2020 re-election bid

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, has hired a new campaign manager for his 2020 re-election bid.

The National Journal reported Monday that Jones has hired longtime Democratic strategist Cory Warfield as his campaign manager.

Warfield has spent time working as an adviser and organizer for a range of Democratic causes from the more liberal Emily’s List — a group dedicated to electing pro-choice women to political office where Warfield served as an adviser — to the campaign of Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012, where he served as field director.

He also worked as the Nevada Democratic Party’s presidential caucus director in 2016.

Warfield’s hiring brings extensive organizing and campaign experience to a race that is expected to be an uphill battle for Jones.

A poll released last week from Mason-Dixon polling found voters split on their approval Sen. Doug Jones’ job performance, but a majority would vote regardless to replace him.

Voters were evenly divided, according to the poll, on their view of how Jones is handling his job, with 45 percent approving of his job performance and 44 disapproving. Eleven percent were unsure.

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Fifty percent said they would vote to replace the current senator against a generic opponent, while 40 percent said they want to re-elect him.

The same poll also found Jones’ former opponent, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, leading in an early poll of potential Republican primary candidates.

Jones beat Moore in a 2017 special election by 1.5 percentage points.

Poll: Roy Moore top choice of likely GOP primary voters in 2020

Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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