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Roy Moore's campaign manager announces challenge to Rep. Martha Roby

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Rich Hobson (pictured above), who has worked for Roy Moore for since 2000 and recently acted as Moore's campaign manager, will challenge Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama in this year's Republican primary. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Roy Moore’s campaign manager announced a congressional run against Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama on Tuesday.

Rich Hobson, who has worked for Moore for since 2000, is challenging Roby in the June Republican primary for Alabama's 2nd congressional district. Hobson said he believes Moore, who lost to Democrat Doug Jones in last month’s special Senate election, will back his congressional run.

“Today I’m focusing on me, Alabama, and the USA,” Hobson told CNN in a text.

Hobson, who lives in Montgomery, Alabama, decided to challenge Roby last year.

There was speculation Hobson would run for Congress after he bought six web domains from GoDaddy in October, according to AL.com. The domains included the names HobsonForCongress.org and RichHobson2018.info.

Torrie Matous, Roby’s chief of staff, touted the Alabama congresswoman’s record in an email to CNN and said Alabamians deserve a candidate who can ensure the seat will continue to be held by a Republican.

"With Democrats in Alabama more energized than ever before and Nancy Pelosi targeting our district, it is critical to nominate a responsible conservative who can keep this vital seat in Republicans' hands," Matous said. "From her work on behalf of our veterans and the military — including her recent efforts to help bring the F-35 mission to Montgomery — to her support of Alabama's farmers, Martha Roby is the clear conservative choice for this seat."