It's the hottest political conversation in Alabama right now.
Who is going to run for the U.S. Senate?
Some have declared themselves in the race. Some have already removed themselves from consideration. Some normally accessible politicians are taking the unusual step of not even responding to calls or text messages.
And some have a sense of humor about the whole thing.
"Yes, no, maybe, I don't know," is how state Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, answered the phone Wednesday when a reporter's name popped up on his cell. Or at least some version of a non-answer like that which didn't even require a question.
It's what everybody's talking about.
What follows is what we know now.
Luther Strange has made it clear he would be a candidate for the seat long before Jeff Sessions left the Senate to become U.S. attorney general. He was appointed to the open seat in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley.
The special election for Sessions' seat was rescheduled Tuesday by Gov. Kay Ivey to December, which will be preceded by a primary election and possibly a runoff.
State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, also threw his hat in the ring. Henry went from saying he would consider running on Tuesday afternoon to announcing he was in the race by early Tuesday evening. Henry is best known for leading the impeachment charge against Bentley and was co-chair of President Trump's Alabama campaign.
Nope, not running
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Birmingham, is not a candidate. "At this time I'm not even thinking about a possible Senate run," Palmer said in a statement to AL.com. "I believe I am where I am supposed to be. I am focused on serving the people of the Sixth District and continuing to represent their views and values in Washington."
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, interviewed with Bentley for consideration when Strange was appointed to the office. But she removed herself as a candidate Tuesday just hours after Ivey's announcement. According to spokesman Todd Stacy, ""With her new committee assignments on Judiciary and Defense Appropriations, Rep. Roby is focused on growing the contributions she is making on behalf of Alabama's 2nd District in the House."
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, is also not considering a run, according to a campaign spokeswoman.
State Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, was also among the six finalists in February. But she said Tuesday that she won't be running for the Senate.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, is considering it, according to chief of staff Brian Rell. Aderholt is in a powerful position in the House of Representatives and may not be eager to give that up. In his 20th year in Congress, he is in place to someday ascend to the chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which directs how the federal government spends its money. Aderholt is the third senior-most Republican on the committee, and Alabama's senior-most member of the House.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, is in Europe this week on congressional business and said by text message that he is "yet to ponder or decide anything." One possible advantage for Brooks: He's sitting on $1.2 million in campaign funds, which gives him a significant head start in the federal race that is for all practical purposes already underway.
Brooks, like any other congressman, can run for Senate this year and, if he isn't successful, still run for his House seat in 2018.
Perry Hooper Jr. was also among the six Bentley finalists in February. A former state legislator and co-chair, with Henry, of the Trump Alabama campaign, he told AL.com on Tuesday that he is considering a run and reiterated that with a press release Wednesday. Hooper said his sole objective as senator would be to promote the Trump agenda.
Del Marsh, president of the state Senate as the state now functions without a lieutenant governor, said he will make a decision this week on running for the U.S. Senate. He has served as president pro tem of the Senate since Republicans won the majority in the Senate in 2010.
Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said at a Wednesday press conference that he will announce his plans next week. Moore is another possibility who has been the subject of speculation for both a Senate run as well as a gubernatorial campaign.
State Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, said he'll make a decision on whether to run "in a couple of weeks." Pittman commended Ivey for moving up the election. "As far as an opportunity (to run for the Senate seat), it's obviously a tremendous responsibility to seek that position of leadership and it's something I'm considering," he said. He submitted his name to Bentley for consideration for the appointment that went to Strange. Pittman is chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund committee.
Jim Byard Jr., the director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, is not responding to media inquiries right now. He was among the six finalists when Bentley selected Strange and has long been thought to be a possible candidate for Senate or the 2018 governor's race.
State Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, has not responded to multiple phone messages left by AL.com. He also was among those Bentley considered before appointing Strange. He is chair of the Senate Constitution Ethics and Elections committee.
Orr, all joking aside, said he has received encouragement to run. He is chair of the Senate's education funding committee. "I have gotten a lot of calls and emails asking me to run," Orr said. "I believe there will be other candidates getting into the race that I could support. If that is the case, I will continue to focus on the job at hand in Montgomery."
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, on Tuesday night also gave a cryptic response to AL.com about a Senate campaign. "I think Gov. Ivey made the right decision and I look forward to seeing the field."
Al.com staff writers John Sharp, Mike Cason and Lawrence Specker contributed to this report.
Updated today, April 19, 2017 at 4:48 p.m. with Palmer saying he is not a candidate.