Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Roy Moore loses lead after sex misconduct allegations

Poll: Dem holds three-point lead over Moore in AL Senate race Poll: Alabama Senate race is too close to call
Faye Gross | 06 December, 2017, 01:00

It's another indicator voters might look past sexual misconduct allegations against Moore and put him in office anyway.

"This is a state where no one has a real track record, because who bothers to poll Alabama statewide races?" Alabama voters will head to the ballot box December 12 to choose their replacement for current GOP Sen. The election, in other words, is anybody's game.

Last month, a woman named Leigh Corfman accused Moore of initiating sexual encounters with her when she was 14. After the report, another woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

Moore had repeatedly denied the allegations. He has not, however, vigorously disputed that he had a history of dating teenagers in the late '70s and early '80s, while he was in his 30s and unmarried. The pair did not begin dating until she was 23.

A week before those remarks, the Senate Republican leader had said Moore should step aside only if the allegations were proven true.

But the most recent RealClearPolitics averaging of polls shows Moore with another 6 percentage-point lead.

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Less than half of Mr. Moore's supporters, 48 percent, say they're voting for him because he's the "best person for the job".

The allegations against Moore "hang heavily over a race that would favor a Republican under ordinary circumstances in this deeply conservative state", the poll notes, showing that 53 percent of voters say Jones has higher standards of personal moral conduct than Moore. Moore has sought to cast himself as a champion of Christian values and his campaign, the Post notes, as a "spiritual battle" with heavy religious overtones.

Moore had a six-point advantage before the Washington Post on November 9 revealed allegations that he had made improper sexual advances on teenage girls in the 1970s when he was in his 30s.

Abortion is among the top issues pulling voters toward Moore.

Among Republicans who say they don't believe the allegations, 92 percent say Democrats are behind the charges and 88 percent say the media are.

"We're going to let the people of Alabama decide, a week from Tuesday, who they want to send to the Senate, and then will address the matter appropriately", McConnell, R-Ky., said on ABC's "This Week."

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