DemDaily: Next Up!

November 9, 2017

On the heels of Tuesday's Democratic wave, revelations about a candidate in the Alabama Senate Special Election reminds us - that election is just one month away.

The contest to fill the US Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take place December 12th between ultra-conservative Republican nominee Roy Moore and former US Attorney and Democratic nominee Doug Jones.

The questionable Roy Moore

The Washington Post broke the story this morning that Roy Moore is accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 year-old assistant US Attorney.

Three other women have come forward who said Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

None of the women has any political affiliations or record of support for any political candidate.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign" -Alabama Senate Republican nominee Roy Moore

Moore, an evangelical former State Supreme Court Justice, secured the Republication nomination September 26th in a highly-publicized primary battle against interim US Senator Luther Strange, the establishment favorite appointed to fill Sessions' seat until the election.

Moore's 55-45% primary victory was a blow to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who poured $10 million into Strange's candidcacy, and President Trump, who won the state with 62.1% in 2016, and who campaigned for Strange in the state.

If these allegations are true, he must step aside." - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

A chorus of Republican lawmakers immediately expressed their concerns, with many encouraging Strange to launch a write-in campaign.

Alabama has no prefiling requirements for write-in candidates, so Strange, or another candidate, just needs to secure the most votes to win. Although it is already too late to take Moore's name off the ballot, should he step down as the nominee, any votes he received would be invalidated.

"He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of."  US Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
Polling
Real Clear Politics, averaging four polls, taken September 27th-October 19th, had Moore at 48% to Jones at 42%.

Democratic Nominee Doug Jones

Much has happened since then.  DemList will keep you informed.

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Sources: Washington Post, The Hill, CNN, HuffPost, Alabama Secretary of State

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