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12 December 2017 - Alabama Senate Race

Publié par Marion Coste le 12/12/2017

Roy Moore: The eyes of the world are on Alabama election
(BBC World News, 12/12/2017)

Sexual misconduct claims against an already-controversial candidate have thrust a US Senate race into the global spotlight - and highlighted divisions between President Trump and top Republicans.

Question: Just how interested is the world in the Alabama election tomorrow?

Answer: A reporter from Moldova is down there. It's pretty much all you need to know. 

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Sexual Misconduct
Moore holds final Ala. rally: 'If you don’t believe in my character, don’t vote for me'
Ben Kamisar (The Hill, 11/12/2017)
Alabama Republican Roy Moore rallied supporters in his final appearance before Tuesday’s special Senate election, defending himself from allegations of sexual misconduct at the end of a race that has gripped the nation's attention.

On Monday night, Moore and his supporters packed into a refurbished wooden barn in the state’s southeast corner, where the former state supreme court chief justice saw huge margins while winning September’s GOP primary runoff against Sen. Luther Strange. It’s here he hopes strong turnout will help push him over the edge in his race against Democrat Doug Jones.

“This election is for the people of Alabama. We are here to defend our rights and we will defend our rights,” he said.

American Politics
The Roy Moore Edge
Gail Collins (The New York Times, 11/12/2017)
On Tuesday we’ll learn whether Alabama voters care if their next U.S. senator is an accused pedophile with a long history of dating teens when he was in his 30s.

History would suggest … not so much.

Roy Moore hasn’t pulled out a gun at any rallies lately, but he’s still the person you’d least like your daughter to run into in the Gadsden Mall. Women have charged, with what seems like extreme credibility, that he sexually assaulted them when they were 14 and 16. You’d think that would be enough to do him in.

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The Roy Moore Escape Hatch
Samuel Breidbart and Vinay Nayak (Slate, 11/12/2017)
With just one day until Alabamians head to the polls, Republicans remain conflicted about their embattled Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of child molestation and sexually predatory behavior. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, fearing the public-relations consequences for his Republican conference, has already tried to throw Moore overboard once and promised that, if elected, Moore would have “an immediate issue” with the chamber’s ethics committee. President Trump, meanwhile, has actively campaigned for Moore, saying, “We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our Make America Great Again agenda.”

An overlooked bill in the Alabama legislature could allow Republicans to do both—expel Moore from the Senate and still keep the seat in their column. In January, Alabama legislators plan to consider a proposal that would give the state’s Republican governor the power to fill Senate vacancies without requiring special elections.

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