Moore's Wife: 'One of Our Attorneys is a Jew'

Lawrence Kim
December 17, 2017

President Donald Trump points out an embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore supporter as he speaks at a campaign-style rally at the Pensacola Bay Center, in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

The race will test Trump's political clout after almost a year in office, with his approval ratings at historically low levels.

The Republican nominee has emphasized his usual calls to put religion in the public sphere and his opposition to LGBT rights in his campaign, and attacked Jones for supporting LGBT rights and access to abortion.

A Jones victory could mean trouble for Trump and his populist political base. On the one hand, a loss means that their already-slim majority in the Senate shrinks to a mere 51 seats.

Moore repeatedly has highlighted Trump's decision to ban them from the military. Democrats have signalled that, if Moore wins, they will try to tar Republicans as insensitive to women's concerns.

Rival Doug Jones, hoping to become the state's first Democratic senator in two decades, declared their race was Alabama's referendum on "who we are and what we're going to tell our daughters".

Moore showed up to vote at the Gallant Fire Department in northern Alabama on horseback, wearing a cowboy hat.

"We've had this history in the past, going down the road that. has not been productive", Jones said. "It's simple", he said.

"Roy Moore will be the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats", he said Monday.

"There are too many allegations floating out there for there not to be fire behind all that smoke".

"Regardless of the allegations against him, I believe he is an honorable man", Bright said.

Polling locations around Montgomery, the state capital, saw a steady stream of visitors throughout the morning, and anecdotal reports from across the state suggested a relatively high turnout elsewhere as well.

Alabama state law calls for a recount if the margin of victory is less than one-half of one percentage point. Multrie wasn't influenced by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore, she said, because she already did not like him. "They're speculation", said retiree Robert Morrison, 74.

Moore has talked more about Donald Trump in the current campaign but otherwise has run a campaign not unlike his previous statewide ones with an emphasis on getting his loyal base of voters to the polls.

Lillian Woolf, 18, a University of Alabama freshman, said she was disgusted that some people would vote for Moore despite the allegations by multiple women.

Moore was once removed from his position as state Supreme Court chief justice after he refused to remove a boulder-sized Ten Commandments monument at the state court building. She did not. Meanwhile, Moore's detractors took to social media to claim he had written in a 2011 textbook that women shouldn't hold elected office. He said it was time for the state to say, "No more putting people down, no more discrimination".

Without mentioning Moore by name, Republican former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an African-American who grew up in Alabama, issued a statement on Monday calling the special election "one of the most significant in Alabama's history". He endorsed Moore's GOP rival, Sen.

"Roy Moore will always vote with us".

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones poses for a photo with a baby after speaking at a fish fry campaign event at Ensley Park, November 18, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Trump's campaign architect and former White House adviser Steve Bannon told Moore supporters Monday evening that the race is a "national election" that will determine whether the "Trump miracle" continues.

But Joseph Chesnut, 20, a junior, said he will be voting for Moore, who "holds more Republican values. just his Christianity standpoint and his Second Amendment standpoint and just, you know, trying to fight the establishment up there".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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