People in Alabama have only days before they have to decide who they will send to the Senate in their special election. The seat opened up when former Senator Jeff Session became Donald Trump’s attorney general. The Republican candidate, Roy Moore’s sordid sexual history came to light, causing people to question whether he could win the December 12 election, but the race remains extremely tight.
A new Big League-Gravis Alabama poll told the story of how the red-state people were thinking about the two candidates. The Washington Post initially released the startling news that four women claimed that Moore had sexually harassed or attacked them.
One of those women was only 14-years-old when Moore picked her up. He was a district attorney and in his 30’s when the event occurred. He convinced her mother that her daughter should not go inside of the custody hearing and offered to watch her, instead. Later, he drove the girl into the isolated woods where he lived and undressed her, which qualified as child molestation.
Moore undressed too. Then, he stroked her through her panties and bra and tried to get her to stroke his penis over his underwear. At that time, she balked, and he took her home. She came forward in a CNN interview after Moore denied her claim and said:
‘I wonder how many more me’s he doesn’t know.”
Democratic former U.S. attorney G. Douglas Jones is running as Moore’s opponent. At the time of this latest poll, he was carrying a very slim lead, 48 percent to the twice-removed Alabama Supreme Court justice’s 44 percent. Eight percent were undecided.
Managing partner of Florida-based Gravis Marketing, Doug Kaplan said:
‘With less than two weeks left before the special election, the race is tight and going to pivot on which direction the Luther Strange voters go.’
Steve Bannon supported Moore, who ran against Donald Trump-supported Luther Strange III in the September 26th primary runoff. In spite of the pedophilia allegations against the Republican candidate, the president has moved fully behind him for the general election.
Since the original article about Moore’s sexual dalliances with young girls hit the news, more women have come out with stories about him. This week, another woman came out to tell that she dated Moore when she was still in high school, at the age of 17. He was in his 30’s at the time.
In addition, she had a card signed by Moore. That handwriting matched the handwriting in the yearbook of another woman who said that he sexually attacked her. The Republican candidate claimed the signature from the latter woman was a forgery.
The poll firm partner said Jones was pulling in 93 percent of all the Democrats, and Moore was only getting 76 percent of Republicans:
‘Jones is also winning with self-identified Independents by more than 25 percent. This is third of four polls we are conducting in Alabama and another key is the undecided vote.’
‘When we saw the shift for Jones in the last poll, there was a movement of voters saying they were undecided, instead of coming out for Jones.
‘In this poll, either Jones is winning in the poll or people are being dishonest, because they don’t want to admit that they are actually voting for Moore.’
In the poll, 42 percent of all respondents said that they believed the accusations against Moore, including Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey. The governor still intends to vote for Moore. Yet, a full 34 percent said they did not believe the women. Nearly one-fourth of the people were undecided.
A full 94 percent of the participants had either read or heard about the accusations against Moore. With men, Moore took 48 percent of their vote and 30 percent of women’s vote.
Jones took 46 percent of men’s vote and 51 percent of women’s vote. He led 47 percent to Moore’s 42 percent.
The Big League-Gravis poll was conducted December 1 through December 3 among 1,276 likely Alabama voters. Republicans made up 48 percent of the participants, Democrats 33 percent, and Independents 19 percent. The margin of error was +/- 2.7 percent.
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