Alabama governor moves up election for Sessions' Senate seat

Gov. Kay Ivey holds her first news conference as governor at the Alabama Capitol Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday April 13, 2017. Robert Bentley resigned Monday over allegations he covered up an affair with an aide. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The election to fill Jeff Sessions' former U.S. Senate seat will be moved up to this year, Alabama's new governor announced Tuesday, as she quickly reversed one of her predecessor's most controversial political decisions.

In one of her first major acts, Gov. Kay Ivey undid former Gov. Robert Bentley's plans to wait until 2018 to hold the election to fill the seat for the remainder of Sessions' term.

In press conference Tuesday, Ivey said she believes the law requires the election to be held as soon as possible to allow the Alabama voters to select their senator.

"This special election will remove any cloud of doubt that might have been associated with the previous process used by the former governor," Ivey said. "I just know it is the right thing to do."