Roy Moore Spokesman Gives a Train-Wreck Interview for the Ages
13 December, 2017, 06:41 | Author: Diane Mills
It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. They are both counted as swing counties by the GOP and may be problematic for the Moore campaign. Jones will now assume the seat vacated by Sessions when he was nominated as US attorney general by President Donald Trump.
Moore would not necessarily have been a guaranteed Republican vote on anything.
He added, "You saw everybody, they all ran away from Judge Moore, and they all came back slowly, surely, saying, hey, we will let the people of Alabama decide".
In Moore's path stood Democrat Doug Jones, 63, a former US attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen who killed four black girls in Birmingham's infamous 1963 church bombing.
A GOP loss would also give Democrats a clearer path to a Senate majority in 2018 - albeit a narrow one - in an election cycle where Democrats are far more optimistic about seizing control of the House of Representatives. The race matters as a referendum on the direction of the Republican Party itself and how much voters will embrace Trump-style combative populism. He railed against McConnell and establishment Republicans in the Alabama Republican primary and told Fox News in September that he wouldn't have voted for the Republican health care plan.
The Associated Press called the race for Jones shortly before 10:30 p.m. Most Jones voters believe the allegations, while most of Moore's supporters do not. About a third of Moore supporters say they like him, but have reservations.
Mobile County in southwest Alabama, tends to vote Republican, but in 2012, voted against Moore for Chief Justice, as did Madison County in the far north, where Huntsville is located. And Moore's extreme views likely turned off a lot of moderate Republicans and independents even before the revelations about his past.
Democrats were not supposed to have a chance in Alabama, one of the most Republican-leaning states in the nation. The issue was, of course, brought up in Tuesday's interview, when Moore's spokesperson also said that he still believes people of Muslim faith should not be allowed to serve the US because they can't swear on a bible.
"He'd be an oddity in a liberal caucus", Baker said of Jones.
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