Senate contest for seat from Alabama goes to polls
By Chris Eger
Roy Moore, left, and Doug Jones. (Photo: Montgomery Advertiser)
Democrat Doug Jones is facing off Tuesday against Republican Roy Moore for the seat left open by Jeff Sessions earlier this year.
Jones, a former federal prosecutor, has managed to whittle away Moore’s lead in the polls in recent weeks following the controversy surrounding the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and his alleged involvement with several women when they were teenagers. The Yellowhammer State’s electorate will decide if the seat, currently held by U.S. Sen. Luther Strange on appointment by the state’s Republican governor, will stay red or switch to the Democrats, a move which would whittle the current balance of power down between the GOP and Dems to a razor-thin 51 votes in the 100-seat chamber.
Moore has been outspoken in his support of conservative issues, and when questioned on gun rights, showed off a small revolver he produced from his pocket during a campaign stop earlier this summer. “I believe in the Second Amendment,” he said.
The Federal Election Commission holds that Jones has amassed a war chest of some $11 million which is over twice what Moore has raised. Though the National Rifle Association has not endorsed a candidate in the