Roy Moore Spokesman Gives a Train-Wreck Interview for the Ages

Cheryl Sanders
December 13, 2017

He is a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who was twice removed from the bench, the first time for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments he'd had erected in the state judiciary building.

Alabama is also considered one of the safest Republican states in the nation.

More broadly, Moore's best counties are often in the state's most rural, white and least populous areas.

Roy Moore Spokesman Gives a Train-Wreck Interview for the Ages

Hours after the Republican candidate (badly) maneuvered a horse to the polls in the Alabama special election, his spokesman Ted Crockett appeared on CNN's The Lead to ... well, it's not clear what the objective of his appearance was, other than to amplify the country's already sullied opinion of his boss.

Regardless of whether Moore wins or loses tonight, the Republican Party will maintain control over the Senate, by either one (if Moore loses) or two votes (if Moore wins). The question is whether Moore can turn out his rural supporters and hold onto enough suburban moderates to take full advantage of the state's heavy GOP tilt.

And one voting block is possibly up for grabs: the African-American vote. "Going into the black community, going in, 'I need this many black people to vote.' It's timeout for that". "It's hard enough to get that sort of candidate through the Democratic Party". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believes Moore's accusers and called on him to step aside, though he has softened his stance in recent weeks by saying the choice is up to Alabama voters. In Shelby County at the Pelham Civic Complex, just under 1,800 voters voted before noon.

If Jones pulls off an upset, it will be in large part because Republicans in the suburbs of the state's major cities - Birmingham, Montgomery, Hunstville and Mobile - turned against Moore.

But there are many hard-core Trump areas of the state where Moore just isn't as well-liked.

Moore, meanwhile, sounded his usual religious notes. Some said they weren't sure.

At this point, Alabama voters are divided on President Trump's job performance: 48 percent approve, while 48 percent disapprove. And his own almost two-and-a-half hour rally was largely an outburst of anger directed at the national media and Democrats who have seized on the accusations he faces in an effort to help Jones win.

But even before the accusations of sexual assault surfaced Moore was a controversial figure in Alabama politics who narrowly won election in the past and lost nominations for governor.

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