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The Democratic nominee in the heated Alabama Senate race once defended a man in court who has ties to the Ku Klux Klan and Holocaust deniers, complicating his record on the campaign trail as a civil rights champion.
Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones is running against Republican candidate Roy Moore for the Senate seat, which was long occupied by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Amid the turmoil in the Moore campaign over sexual abuse allegations, Jones has a shot to become the first non-Republican U.S. senator from the state in more than two decades.
Still, a Fox News survey of registered voters in Alabama taken last week found that Moore maintained strong support among white evangelical voters, 65 percent to just 20 percent for Jones, even as Jones led among all voters by eight points.
If Alabama is going to send a Democrat to the United States Senate next month, it will be because of voters like Frank Cook.
The Democratic candidate, Mr. Jones, is a respected former prosecutor best known for convicting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, who was raising the possibility of a truly competitive race even before the accusations against Mr. Moore.
“This is our only opportunity,” Mr. Dorsey, a Democratic-leaning engineer, said, referring to the tight Senate contest between the increasingly embattled Republican Roy S. Moore and the Democrat Doug Jones. “We need to seize it.”
"A vote for Roy Moore sends the worst kind of message to Alabamians struggling with abuse: 'if you ever do tell your story, Alabama won't believe you.' Or, worse, we'll believe you but we just won't care," the Editorial Board of AL.com wrote Sunday. The board, which made its case in a lengthy piece, urged voters to "reject" Moore and called the accusations against the candidate "horrifying, but not shocking."