Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

African-American Voters Could Decide Alabama's Senate Race

African-American Voters Could Decide Alabama's Senate Race

And he won the GOP primary over appointed Sen.

It's not one of Alabama's biggest counties - it ranks 19th out of 67 in population- but its racial demographics are fairly representative of the state as a whole, as about two-thirds of the county's residents are white.

Former Alabama state judge Roy Moore arrived at his polling station, the Gallant Fire Department, just after 11:30 a.m. eastern time Tuesday.

There are four Orthodox communities in Alabama, three are Chabad and one is Modern Orthodox, but though the national Orthodox vote has increasingly gone Republican, in Alabama, observed Brook, "Moore is not getting Orthodox support from the local community, no". CNN is reporting from its exit polls this afternoon that there's a much higher turnout of African-American voters than intially predicted, more than 25 percent of those turning up. He also has the support most younger voters, liberals and moderates.

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The event featured at times freaky rhetoric from speakers who said Alabama voters won't have their decisions made for them by out-of-state forces - even while those speakers were from out of state themselves. Moore's not very popular in this part of the state.

Even the state's senior GOP senator, Richard Shelby, has admitted he didn't vote for Moore, saying "the Republican Party can do better" and revealing he had instead written in another candidate. He got pummeled in Jefferson County, 63 percent to 37 percent, by Democrat Bob Vance in the 2012 chief justice race.

Kayla Moore's assertions were just the latest flashpoint for controversy in a campaign that's been rocked by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when her husband was in his 30s. Still, almost four in 10 say they made their decision in November or after that, including about one in five who decided this month. Most Jones voters believe the allegations, while most of Moore's supporters do not. 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.

Moore, meanwhile, sounded his usual religious notes. Polls closed across the state Tuesday night after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and - win or lose - promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere.


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