The exit polls coming out of the surprise upset victory in Alabama for Democrat Doug Jones revealed a shocking fact about some Roy Moore voters.
A graphic by the Washington Post showed that there was a sharp partisan divide about whether or not Alabama voters thought the multiple accusations against Roy Moore for sexually pursuing teenagers when he was in his 30s were true. However, there were still roughly 8 percent of Moore supporters who said they thought the allegations were “definitely or probably true.”
A little over 650,000 Alabama voters cast their ballots for Roy Moore, meaning roughly 52,000 Roy Moore voters — assuming the exit poll data is accurate — believed Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl and dated several other teenage girls when he was an Etowah County District Attorney in his 30s, and decided to vote for him anyway.
Moore was also alleged to have been banned from the Gadsden Mall in his home county, allegedly for exhibiting sexually predatory behavior toward teenage girls. Faye Gray, a retired Alabama police officer, also said she was told to keep Moore away from cheerleaders at high school football games, due to his reputation in the community as a man who sexually pursued young girls.
While 52,000 Moore voters believed the pedophilia allegations, it’s worth noting that 650,000 Alabamians cast their ballots for Moore even after news emerged that he thought America was last great during chattel slavery, and that he blamed many of America’s problems on the passage of Constitutional amendments that abolished slavery, and allowed black people and women to vote.
Moore has not conceded the race to Senator-elect Doug Jones, and will likely pay for a statewide recount prior to the election results being certified between December 26 and January 3.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.