Polls close across Alabama as bitter Senate campaign ends

Frederick Owens
December 13, 2017

The Dec. 10 Fox News Poll shows Jones up by 10 points, the Dec. 9 Emerson Poll shows Moore up by nine points and the Dec. 9 Monmouth Poll actually shows a statistical tie.

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.

Well before allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers changed the conversation around Alabama's special election, the GOP made a number of questionable choices that made it possible for Republicans to lose a virtually guaranteed Senate seat in the deep-red state of Alabama.

Crockett, who is apparently unaware of the concept of irony, continued on to say, "We've got too many people that are winging it [in Washington]". Jones will now assume the seat vacated by Sessions when he was nominated as USA attorney general by President Donald Trump.

Alabama's other senator, Republican Richard Shelby, told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday that he didn't vote for Moore and it'll be up to GOP leadership to pursue an Ethics Committee investigation if Moore wins.

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Polls closed at 7 p.m. CT, and the first results should trickle in shortly.

While Moore denied the allegations against him, calling his female accusers politically motivated liars, dozens of prominent Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said they believed the allegations and called on Moore to abandon the race. This year he attempted a political resurrection against party officials horrified by accusations that he was guilty of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

C4 says the Alabama Senate special election is a toss-up, and much depends on turnout. If he is seated in the Senate, he'll become an albatross Democrats would relish the chance to hang around Republican necks, C4 said. And Moore's extreme views likely turned off a lot of moderate Republicans and independents even before the revelations about his past.

It all began with President Donald Trump choosing then-GOP Sen. Some alleged he had sexually assaulted them, including one woman who said he had initiated sexual contact with her when she was just 14. He is a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who was twice removed from the bench, the first time for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments he'd had erected in the state judiciary building.

Also during that rally, Moore's wife, Kayla, rebuked the idea that her husband was anti-Semitic or racist, saying "one of our attorneys is a Jew" and "we have many friends who are black".

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