11-point lead

Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore is now tied with his Democratic opponent, despite having an 11-point lead earlier this week.

A new poll that was conducted following The Washington Post’s bombshell report — in which four women went on the record and accused the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court of pursuing them while they were teens — found that Moore is in a dead heat with former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. Moore has 46.4 percent support, while Jones has 46 percent. The race has now become too close to call.

The survey, which was sponsored by DecisionDeskHQ and conducted by OpinionSavvy, sampled a grouping of 515 likely voters in the December 12 special election via landline and cell phone. 82 percent of respondents were aware of the allegations by the four women that Roy Moore courted them when he was in his 30s and they were in their mid to late teens.

However, respondents were more divided on whether or not Moore should withdraw from the race, with 54 percent of voters saying he shouldn’t drop out, and 34.9 percent of voters saying he should. In a series of tweets on Friday, Moore vowed to remain in the race, and has fundraised off of the allegations that he molested a 14-year-old girl in his car when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama.

The new poll comes just two days after another poll conducted by the Strategy Network of Mobile, Alabama found Moore was beating Jones with an 11-point lead. If Doug Jones were to win the special election next month, he would be the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 20 years. Top Senate Republicans like Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and John McCain (R-Arizona) have called on Moore to withdraw from the race if the allegations against him are true.

View the full results of the poll below:

Alabama Senate poll 11.10.17 by pgattis7719 on Scribd


Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.

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