Voters head to polls in Alabama race with high stakes for Trump

The voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday for a very hard-fought Senate race of the United States in which President Donald Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign has been clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers. Moore who is presently 70 years of age and is a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, is battling with Democrat Doug Jones who is presently 63 years of age and a former US attorney who is hoping to pull off an upset victory in the deeply conservative Southern state.

The polls opened at 7 am for the Alabama special election for the seat that was vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions, who became attorney general of the United States in the administration of the president Donald Trump. The Alabama contest has divided the Republican Party on the fact that whether it is better to support Roy Moore in order to maintain their slim majority in the Senate of the United States or shun him because of the sexual allegations that are brought against him.

Donald Trump has backed Moore very strongly but several other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has maintained a clear distance from the candidate. Donald Trump had mentioned in a Twitter post that Roy Moore will always vote with us and at the same time he has criticized Jones as a potential puppet of the Democratic congressional leadership. Moore has been accused by a number of women for pursuing them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, including one woman who said that he tried to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14 years of age.

Moore has completely denied the charges that were brought against him and he said that he was not at all guilty. Reuters has not independently verified any of the accusations that were brought forward. On the eve of election held on Tuesday, Roy Moore was joined on the campaign trail by Steve Bannon who was the former chief strategist of Donald Trump and an executive at the right-wing Breitbart News site. Bannon framed the Alabama election as a showdown between the establishment elites, the populist power and the excoriated Republicans who declined to support Moore. Bannon stated that there is a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better.

July 18, 2018 - 23:42
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