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After weeks of negative press coverage, Alabama senate election shows Moore and Jones in dead heat

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After an explosive WaPo story containing decades-old sexual abuse allegations rocked the Alabama senate special election campaign, Roy Moore remains deadlocked with his opponent Doug Jones.

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The Strategy Research poll, conducted by the Raycom News Network, even gave Moore the slight edge at 47 percent to Doug Jones’ 45 percent. Only 5 percent of those who responded said they were ‘undecided,’ while a scant 3 percent said the would do a ‘write-in’ vote.

Many Republican establishment candidates came out against Roy Moore after the accusations, most prominently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Arizona Senator John McCain.

“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they are proud of,” McCain said, despite accusations of similar misconduct in his past.

Despite the establishment opposition, many GOP faithful in the deep red state of Alabama have shown unwavering support.

CNN bewilderingly reached out to many of Moore supporters to find out why they remained true to him after the accusations.

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“I don’t even believe the allegations. There’s lots of fake news going around these days,” Mike Allison, pastor of Madison Baptist Church,  told CNN. “They’re allegations. How can he even defend himself against 40-year-old allegations? You used to be innocent until proven guilty.”

“I’ve known him my whole life and I’ve never known him to do anything inappropriate,” Rev. Jamie Holcomb told CNN. “I stand behind him 100%, unless there’s proof. If (his accusers) are found to have been assaulted, I’ll be the first to condemn it.”

Bibb County Republican Chairman Jerry Pow said that he’d vote for Roy Moore even if the women’s accusations were true.

“I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn’t want to vote for Doug,” he said. “I’m not saying I support what he did.”

It appears that Roy Moore supporters are keeping up the fight, with only weeks to go until the Senate special election.

Kyle Becker

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