Alabama is gearing up for a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by sitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, with what is perhaps unable to be a starker contrast between the two major party candidates. One, longtime controversial Alabama judicial official Roy Moore, is a credibly accused pedophile, while the other, Democrat Doug Jones, is not any such thing.
Going into Tuesday’s election, Moore is maintaining a slim lead over Jones, helped along by a passionate endorsement from President Donald Trump.
RealClearPolitics currently has Moore up over Jones by about 2.5 percent, which is under the margin of error for many polls, and they rate the race as a “toss-up.”
With significant issues hinging on the outcome of the Alabama Senate race — including whether or not America will let a credibly accused pedophile be elected to the U.S. Senate — America’s most beloved recent president — Barack Obama — and the former vice president who served alongside him for eight years have stepped in to offer their assistance
Both men were reported by POLITICO to be recording robocalls on behalf of Jones that will be employed with one day to go before the election. Joe Biden will also be lending his massive email list to the Jones campaign, although at least in the case of Biden’s call, the messaging won’t be mentioning Moore.
Biden — noted by POLITICO to be one of the Democrats eyeing a presidential run against Donald Trump come 2020 — has actually campaigned for Jones in the past, appearing at a rally for him in Birmingham in October. Other nationally prominent Democratic figures to work on behalf of Jones include New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, both of whom’s presence on the campaign trail represented “an attempt to energize the African American voter base [Jones] needs on his side,” in the description of POLITICO.
Moore has gotten help from nationally prominent Republican figures including, most prominently, President Donald Trump, who recently held a rally in Pensacola, Florida, that, although technically not in the state, was meant at least in part to energize Alabama voters on Moore’s behalf.
Trump has also recorded a robocall on Moore’s behalf, unaffected by the fact that the man he is so passionately campaigning for is credibly accused of preying on minors.
Trump, of course, might be at least as concerned with his public image as anything else in this situation, since the last Alabama Senate candidate he supported — Moore’s Republican primary opponent, Luther Strange — lost. The Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Trump supported, Ed Gillespie, also lost, so Trump might simply be out to get another notch for his “wins” column.
He’s also never proven himself to be particularly concerned with issue of morals; he’s credibly accused of crimes similar to Moore’s, with those accusations buttressed by a recording of him bragging about his supposed freedom to harass and assault women.
Just this week, women who have, in the past, accused Trump of sexual misconduct, brought their allegations up again, insisting that there should be a Congressional investigation into them.
Congress has dealt with other sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks, leading to the resignation of multiple members, including Al Franken, John Conyers, and Trent Franks.
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