Can Doug Jones Defeat Roy Moore?

Just as predicted, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has won the Alabama Republican Senate primary, beating incumbent Luther Strange. Now he is one step closer to being the next senator from the state of Alabama, and there is just one person left to stop him: Democrat Doug Jones.

Democrats haven’t held a Senate seat in Alabama in twenty years, and Republicans are currently running the show on nearly every level of state government. Meanwhile, Alabamans voted nearly two to one for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

While those might be extremely daunting barriers for a Democratic candidate to overcome, having a theocrat for an opponent may just make things a little bit easier.

It also helps that Jones is an actual civil rights hero. As Newsweek reports:

Jones is a former U.S. attorney who spearheaded the prosecution of domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph, and secured the long-overdue conviction of KKK members who murdered four African-American girls in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He was appointed U.S. attorney in Alabama under then president Bill Clinton in 1997, and was the lead prosecutor in the 2002 case that won murder convictions against white supremacists Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, 40 years after the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, that galvanized the civil rights movement.

There couldn’t be a clearer contrast between Jones — the man who put Alabama abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph behind bars and Moore, a man who has stood firm in his support for anti-abortion activists who justify killing abortion providers if it means “saving babies.” Jones has a longstanding history of supporting racial justice and other progressive ideals, and Moore, well, he simply wants to enforce Biblical law.

When it comes to a Moore candidacy, even the GOP is finding it hard to get enthused.

“It may help Jones that national Republicans opposed Moore, too,” reports Dave Weigel at the Washington Post. “Through PACs and allies, they dumped millions of dollars into anti-Moore ads in the run-up to Tuesday’s election, portraying him as a corrupt political lifer who enriched himself from his own charity. Now, the GOP must rally around a nominee who has twice been suspended from his job for disobeying court orders he disagreed with on religious grounds.”

While this still leaves Jones as a massive underdog, he shouldn’t be completely counted out come the general election. As Vox explains:

[W]hile his policy platform isn’t exactly visionary, it does make sense. He says that changes to federal health care policy should aim to make premiums and out-of-pocket costs lower rather than higher, wants to spend more money on education, and says ‘it is unconscionable to talk about lowering taxes on the wealthy while cutting funding for education, nutrition, child care, housing, and infrastructure. To win statewide in Alabama, a Democrat would need to thread the difficult needle of securing a strong black turnout while also appealing to at least a slice of the state’s very conservative white population. A former prosecutor whose “tough on crime” record includes toughness on notorious civil rights criminals offering a modest but sensible platform focused on pocketbook issues is probably just about the best Democrats could hope for.

And although many admit that a victory may, in fact, be impossible for a Democrat, it’s still important to invest resources in this race. A closer-than-expected outcome would set the stage for Republicans in the midterms to navigate the fine line between embracing and rejecting President Donald Trump, as well as continue to divide the party into the “establishment” and “anti-establishment” factions that will eventually break the GOP for good.

And now that Trump has deleted his tweets in support of his preferred GOP candidate, Luther Strange, it’s clear that the president takes every loss personally.

The general election between Moore and Jones will take place on Tuesday, December 12.

Photo credit: Doug Jones for Senate

46 comments

Marie W
Marie W11 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Ellie M
Ellie Mabout a year ago

yes

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

This is why they have paraded these women out to discredit him.

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David C
David Cabout a year ago

Moore is an embarrassment to the US even before the latest allegations!

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David C
David Cabout a year ago

@DonBlossfeld, there are many more reasons than just prosecution of KKK to not support Jeff Sessions......if that were the only issue then your point is well taken

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Babout a year ago

Funny how care2 supports the man who secured the conviction of KKK bomber (Jones), but not the man who secured a capital conviction for the head of the KKK (Sessions). I guess this is just more political bias.

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Amanda M
Amanda Mabout a year ago

Moore is absolutely dangerous for this country, even with the propensities of the Rethuglican Religious Reich already running around loose in there. He is nothing but a theocrat who is hell-bent on turning this country into a real-life mix of "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale," and we need him in the Senate like a boil on our butts! Let's hope that enough people in Alabama wake the hell up and vote for Doug Jones instead!

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Mary B
Mary Babout a year ago

Dan B, that's because you're still in binary thinking mode. Either / or. Win/lose. Until people start moving into new territory, they will be acting like politics is a sporting event with observers, the I'll bring the pop corn crowd who want to see The Other Side trounced and humiliated. What I'm talking about is BOTH sides growing up enough to see government service as building a house together. Lots of different ideas, but the goel of both groups is to build a Better House for ALL . In other words, they both work for the benefit of the ordinary people who do the every day hands on labor that keeps everbody fed, housed, healthy and safe. If that's never happened before, then it's long past time that it did. So WE ALL need to decide to progress into that kind of thinking or stay in the conflict. If you're staying in the conflict then I have no more to say to you on this subject. Okay ?

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Philippa P
Philippa Powersabout a year ago

Thqnks.

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pam w
pam wabout a year ago

We can only hope!

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