When Jeff Sessions of Alabama stepped down from his Senate seat in Alabama to accept the position as United States Attorney General, the special election to select his replacement began in Alabama. The vote for the special election Alabama senate seat will be held on December 12th for candidates Roy Moore (R) and Doug Jones (D).
The Washington Post, posted a blockbuster story in the afternoon on Thursday, November 9th. And there were allegations that Moore had inappropriate relations with young girls while in his 30’s. Moore denies the allegations, as Democrats and lukewarm Republicans, such as Mitt Romney and John Kasich, have called on Moore to step aside. The women have since been found to be affiliated with the Democratic party in some cases. What Washington Post didn’t know is that morning there was a poll conducted between the two candidates, Moore (R) and Jones (D)
As reported by Brietbart, the poll had been conducted on that Thursday morning BEFORE the Washington Post piece had published. The results were: “Moore leading Jones by 50 percent to 39.2 percent with 10.8 percent undecided. That survey of 1,354 likely voters in the upcoming Dec. 12 special election has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.”
And this is where it gets interesting! Another poll was conducted on Saturday night. Two days AFTER the Washington Post article was published entitled “Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32”, the Saturday poll was taken and there was relatively little difference in the way the Washington Post piece affected the voters of Alabama! As reported by Brietbart:
“The second survey, conducted Saturday evening—two days after the Post piece hit, roiling Alabama’s political scene—shows Moore and Jones with about the exact same percentages as before. Moore’s position in this second poll is 49.8 percent—meaning he only dropped 0.2 percent since the story hit—and Jones has only picked up 0.4 percent to reach 39.6 percent total. The second survey, which polled 1,536 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.3 percent, has 10.5 percent as undecided.”
This means that people of Alabama don’t really believe what the Washington Post has to say. And they are inclined to believe Roy Moore over the DC politicians!
Embed from Getty ImagesThis is the way the Senate seats now break down in the 115th Congress (2017-2019)
Majority Party: Republican (52 seats)
Minority Party: Democrat (46 seats)
Other Parties: 2 Independents (both caucus with the Democrats)
Total Seats: 100
Noticeably, the race to hold onto as many seats as possible is desirable by both major parties. The special election, is as important as the Senate seat runs which will begin in 2018. Whether a Democrat or a Republican wins could mean the difference to passing laws which are in line with the current administration. With so much on the line, the powers that be on both sides will likely continue trying everything to make the other look bad, as we saw with the latest WaPo smear piece on Moore.
So far, Alabama folks don’t seem to be buying the story as reported by the Washington Times but it’s still unclear what the longterm effects will be. Do you think the piece by The Washington Post is true and could strongly impact the Alabama Senate runoff? Comment your response below and SHARE the poll!
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