Doug Jones, left, and Roy Moore held rallies on the night before Alabama goes to the polls in his Senate race.
After months of struggle and reports of sexual misconduct rocked the state of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Doug Jones held competing rallies on Monday night, firing their last shots before Tuesday’s critical election.
A Democrat, Jones was the first to speak during a “Get-Out-the-Vote rally” in Birmingham. Jones, who led Moore with 10 points in the last Fox News survey, said that now is the time to make a choice. “Now is the time,” Jones said before a cheering crowd. “The hay is in the barn. All we got to do to get our votes tomorrow. People with take you to the polls. This choice is one of the most important in our country, the story in a long time.”
Moore later spoke of the night in “the swamp” rally in Midland City. He was strengthened conservative support for a wide range of local personalities and celebrities, including former White House chief strategist and Breitbart Chairman Steve Bannon and earlier in the evening by Sheriff David Clarke.
Jones and Moore court vacated the seat to move by Jeff Sessions, attorney General earlier this year.
Flanked by his family, on the one hand, and actress Alyssa Milano and basketball legend Charles Barkley on the other, Jones remained hopeful and generally directed away from the series of sexual misconduct allegations that swirled around Moore.
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“I’ve heard so much, especially in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “It is time, and I think we will see it tomorrow, the majority of Alabama people, our customs, our condition before a political party. I think it is time to say no more of the treatment of people as second-class citizens. It is not easy to time, people that we say more.
“This race really is not about Roy Moore. It is not a question of Doug Jones. This choice is what we as a people in the state of Alabama,” Jones continued. “We are on the right side of history, folks. Please help us over the finish line. Get your people to the polls. We are going to do this. Thank you to all of you.”
Prior to Moore under the microphone, his wife Kayla, dealt with a number of allegations against the Senate candidates, including those who said Moore was the anti-Jewish and anti-Black. The story, Kayla argued, was an inaccurate one, perpetrated by the media.
“One of our lawyers is a Jew,” she said. “Fake news! They are the ones, the embarrassing and you should be ashamed of themselves for the participation in this election for our opponent.”
When Moore finally reached the podium, he was largely subdued, discuss what the country was supposedly lost, to focus on God and the effects in the future.
“We began to forget God, and where our strength came from,” said Moore. “We have forgotten that faith, founded on the we. My resistance was always about my recognition of God.”
The talk about the sexual misconduct allegations against him, Moore admitted that the race “is strange.”
“This race was very strange,” Moore. “We had two presidents, a candidate for President, who didn’t make it, thank God, robocalls do in this state. We are talking about the drainage of the swamp…it is hard to swamp when you up to your neck in alligators. And that is where we are up to our neck in alligators.”
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He labeled the initial Washington Post piece detailing the allegations against him to a “horrible, heinous article,” questioning why “these women had not come forward for 40 years, but she came forward to 30 days before the election.”
The emphasis on “duty, honor and country” cheers “Moore, Moore, Moore,” the candidate thanked his supporters before election day.
“All this mess will be over tomorrow,” he said. “The judgment is based on the people in Alabama.”