Democrat Doug Jones Surges In New Fox News Poll, Beating Moore By 8 points
A newly released Fox News poll shows Democrat Doug Jones leading by 8 points in the Alabama Senate race in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against his opponent, GOP candidate Roy Moore.
The poll, released Thursday, shows that 50 percent of likely voters surveyed in deep-red Alabama and 49 percent of registered voters said they would vote for Jones. In comparison, 42 percent of likely voters surveyed and 40 percent of registered voters would vote for Moore.
The last Fox News poll on the race, conducted in mid-October, showed Jones and Moore tied. Another recent poll from the Senate GOP’s campaign arm showed Moore trailing by double digits. The new survey was conducted Nov. 13 through 15.
Moore had been the favorite to win the Dec. 12 special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The stunning turnaround in the polls by Jones comes amid mounting accusations against Moore that he propositioned or engaged in sexual misconduct with more than half a dozen teenage girls when he was in his twenties and thirties.
Moore has defiantly said that he will stay in the race, despite growing calls from GOP lawmakers for him to withdraw. Alabama Republicans have generally maintained their allegiance to Moore throughout the allegations.
President Trump, who also faces numerous allegations of sexual harassment, has not called for Moore to exit the race, and the White House said earlier Thursday that “the people of Alabama” need to decide whether Moore should serve, “not the president.”