The seat is now held by appointee Luther Strange, Alabama's former attorney general.
Gov. Kay Ivey rescheduled the special election this morning after calls and lawsuits from lawmakers and state officials who felt the previous scheduling was unlawful and unfair.
News 5 has learned that suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has scheduled a press conference Tuesday to make an "announcement".
Former Governor Bentley originally scheduled the special election to coincide with the 2018 Alabama Governor's election, but it now will stand on its own in 2017.
And, we join the chorus stating odd should have never accepted the Senate appointment due to the perceived possible conflict of interest it created.
The primary is now scheduled for August 15, 2017, with a runoff on September 26, 2017. Richard Shelby in the November general election, announced in February he would again seek election to the Senate. Bentley also set the timetable for the next election to that seat to be on its original schedule in 2018 to correspond with mid-term congressional elections nationwide.
Bentley's decision was controversial since Strange's office had indicated it was investigating Bentley.
"Ivey took office last week after former Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned amid a sex scandal and subsequent criminal investigations".
Under Alabama law, the governor makes an interim appointment when there's a Senate vacancy.
Ivey's decision gives unusual less time in the seat before the election.
The state's new governor said Alabama law required a speedier timetable.
Bentley cited the cost of a special election when he announced his decision.
"As the only announced candidate for this office, I will spend the next several months being the best Senator I can be, upholding Alabama values and working with President Donald Trump to drain the swamp and help make America great again", unusual said.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he'd decide this week if he'll run.
"I know he will be considering the options", said Brian Rell, Aderholt's chief of staff. "(Tuesday he was) traveling across the Fourth District working to do best his best to see how he can represent the people of north Alabama".