New Poll Shows Roy Moore Trailing Democrat Doug Jones by 12 Points
A new poll from by the National Republican Senatorial Committee shows Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore trailing by 12 points.
In the poll, reported by Politico, Democrat Doug Jones leads the former state supreme court judge with 51 percent support compared to 39 percent for Moore.
The survey was conducted Sunday and Monday following allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, including that he pursued a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.
There have been a growing chorus of Republicans calling on Moore to drop out of the race.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the only option appears to be a write-in candidacy for another Republican. Some have floated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who previously held the seat, but Sessions has said he is not interested.
Mitch McConnell is attempting to subvert the will of Alabamians yet again, this time helping to elect a far-left Democrat! #alsen
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 15, 2017
If Moore wins the Dec. 12 special election and is seated as a U.S. senator, he would likely face an immediate ethics investigation and potential expulsion by the Senate.
The Republican National Committee dropped out of its joint fundraising agreement with Moore.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said the GOP is now left deciding whether it would be better to have a Democrat win than have to seat Moore as a Republican senator.
He emphasized that a victory by Jones would give Democrats a 49th seat.
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