Nation eyes Alabama Senate race as Roy Moore, Doug Jones battle it out

By Julie Gargotta, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 8:00 AM EST

It is a political race that has captured the attention of the nation and now it is decision time for Alabama voters.

  • Republican Roy Moore was twice ousted as state Supreme Court justice
  • Democrat Doug Jones was a former U.S. attorney

Republican Roy Moore, battling it out amid allegations of sexual misconduct, hopes to wins a Senate seat over Democrat Doug Jones and various independent and third-party candidates in a special election.

Depending on who is making the case, Alabama’s special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allowing “decency” to prevail back home.

At the center is Moore — "Judge Moore" — to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law, and now he is attempting a political resurrection amid accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

In Moore’s path is Jones, 63, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen who killed four black girls in a 1963 church bombing.

The two are battling over the Senate seat left open left open when President Donald Trump tapped Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General.

Sessions himself has said there is no reason to doubt Moore’s accusers.

Moore has been under fire recently, as several woman stepped forward and claimed he had pursued them when they were teenage girls.

Polls from the last two weeks have yielded mixed results.

Monday night, it was the final push in Alabama on both sides, including from the candidates themselves.

"This is election is for the people of Alabama. We dare defend our rights and we will defend our rights," said Moore before a room filled with supporters.

"It is time that we put our decency our state, before political party," Jones told his crowd.

Online, people are hitting Twitter as this election trends.


While much remains unclear, what is certain is that the final decision is now in the hands of Alabama voters.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.