New Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced dates later this year for a special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat, now held by Republican Luther Strange.

Ivey's proclamation sets the primary for Aug. 15, 2017 and a runoff for Sept. 26. The general election will be on Dec. 12, almost a year ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Sessions' term expires in 2020. Resigned Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange, then the state attorney general, to the seat this winter.

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