Amy Goodman

Doug Jones and Roy Moore Neck and Neck on Eve of Alabama Senate Election

2017-12-11T09:59:41-08:00

In Alabama, Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore are locked in a tight and increasingly controversial race to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Polling shows the two candidates are neck and neck ahead of tomorrow’s special election, despite Moore being accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers. One of the women says Moore removed her shirt and pants, then touched her over her bra and underwear, when she was only 14 years old. Over the weekend, President Trump recorded a robocall endorsing Roy Moore, and on Friday, Trump flew to Pensacola, Florida, near the Alabama border, for a campaign-style rally in support of Moore.

On Sunday, Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby broke ranks with President Trump and the Republican National Committee, saying he could not vote for Roy Moore and that his state could “do better.” Meanwhile, the Doug Jones campaign orchestrated a massive get-out-the-vote effort over the weekend, backed by prominent African-American politicians. We’ll have more on Alabama’s special election after headlines.

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