The women Alabama’s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed keep coming forward. Does this mean his opponent Doug Jones could win?
The upcoming special election in ultra-red Alabama maybe trending towardg an unexpected shift in the Senate.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) poll has indicated that the man with a dark history may have actually changed the future, and not in a positive way for his party, according to POLITICO.
Democratic Jones is leading Moore by an astounding 12 points.
Thus far, five women have courageously stepped up and accused the former Republican judge of chasing them when they were just teenagers. As a result of him hanging out at the local mall and pursing the teens, authorities banned Moore.
In one instance, a high schooler working at the mall refused to give him her number. She did happen to mention in passing where she attended school. The next day Moore called her there, pulling her from class to take his phone call.
The NRSC poll indicated that Jones led Moore 51 to 39 percent. This is a dramatic change from early October, when the same poll had Moore leading by 16 points.
Even in early November, Moore led by nine percentage points. Moore’s favorability dropped like a rock from 49 percent at the beginning of October to 35 percent in NRSC’s last poll.
After The Washington Post first published its article about Moore pursuing the young women, NRSC pulled its support for Moore.
Donald Trump has done an excellent job convincing ultra-conservatives that The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC produce fake news. As a result, a substantial number of Moore voters do not believe the facts presented to them.
NRSC chair, Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado demanded that the Senate expel the Alabama Republican if he wins in the December 12 special election.
Some pundits have suggested that current Attorney General Jeff Sessions would make a good write-in candidate, but the NRSC poll did not give him a good showing. He held this Senate seat from 1996 until he took office as Trump’s AG.
It is very unlikely that Sessions would step down from his AG position unless he was fired, anyway.
If a Democrat should win in Alabama, that would jeopardize the Senate’s majority in 2018. The Democrats only need to win three seats to take over the Senate. Arizona and Nevada may be open to them in the 2018 mid-term election.
Trump won Alabama by 28 point in 2016. A high turnout of black voters would increase the Democrats chances, given that they make up 25 percent of the state’s population, according to The New York Times.
About half of the state’s voters are white evangelical Christians, and 90 percent plus indicated they supported Trump in the exit polls.
Even before news of Moore’s sexual abuse allegations hit the news, he was a weak nominee. This becomes worse with Trump’s approval numbers in the 30’s.
Last year, the state’s governor had to resign due to a sex scandal, which began the ethical political fall.
The NRSC poll was done between November 12 and 13. It surveyed 500 registered Alabama voters.
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