Rand Paul endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones has pulled even with Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election, according to a Fox News Poll released Tuesday. Unusual lost to Moore in the runoff primary, and Moore in December will be facing Democrat Doug Jones.

Trump had backed Moore's opponent, Luther Strange.

Jones is a former USA attorney who successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members involved in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham that killed four young black girls.

Despite their backing of unusual, both Trump and McConnell endorsed Moore to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Moore won the state's Republican primary.

The poll was conducted October 14-16 in a joint effort by Democratic polling firm Anderson Robbins Research and Republican polling firm Shaw & Company Research by landline and cell phone with the interviews of a random sample of 801 Alabama registered voters. Among those voters, Jones has a one-point lead over Moore at 46% to 45%. The special election will be held on December 12. His win came despite Trump having visited Huntsville to campaign for unusual.

The US intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee have determined that Russian Federation launched a campaign to interfere with the election during last year's campaign season.

Jones, meanwhile, launched his campaign with a Birmingham rally alongside former Vice President Joe Biden.

Senate candidate Roy Moore saw a huge increase in Twitter followers over the weekend, and his campaign says it wasn't from anything they did. In the 2012 race for state Supreme Court chief justice, he won by just 2 points over little-known circuit court judge Bob Vance in a year Mitt Romney won the state by 22 points.

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