Democratic Candidate Gains Slight Edge Over Moore in Alabama Senate Race

Kelvin Reese
December 5, 2017

A just-released CBS News poll shows a resurgent Roy Moore, with Republican voters ignoring nine fearless women who came forward to tell their stories of alleged child molestation, sexual assault, and pursuit of teenaged girls while the Republican candidate for Alabama's open Senate seat was in his 30's. Moore has denied the allegations.

37% say they are unsure or have no opinion.

47% of the likely voters are backing Moore, the GOP candidate.

Stephanopoulos asked him if he thinks Moore should be in the Senate.

The Fox News Poll sample of 649 likely voters included 48 percent Republicans, 42 percent Democrats, and ten percent independents, which appears to be an unusual oversampling of Democrats and undersampling of Republicans.

About 40 percent of women from either party have doubts about the allegations, with 18 percent saying they are "definitely false" and 22 percent saying they're "probably false".

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At the time, he joined a growing number of lawmakers who were calling for Moore to step aside in the race.

Not surprisingly, women are more likely to find the allegations against Moore to be credible and, in turn, are also more likely to support Jones.

McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday he believed the Senate Ethics Committee would take up an investigation if Moore is elected, but that it'll be up to that panel to decide how it wants to proceed.

The CBS/YouGov poll found that 36 percent of the state's Republican voters said the allegations are "definitely false" and another 35 percent said they're "probably false". No new allegations of sexual misconduct have emerged since around November 15; just this week Moore returned to the campaign trail, after laying low for 11 days.

The accusations against Moore are much more serious than those against Trump, and, because of his long history as a divisive figure in Alabama, he was already facing a possibly-competitive race before the allegations came out.

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