New polling indicates Democrat candidate Doug Jones has taken a slim lead over Republican candidate Roy Moore in the upcoming U.S. Senate election in Alabama. Moore has faced national controversy after four women alleged he had inappropriate relations with them when they were teenagers.
On Nov. 12, a survey conducted by JMC Analytics found that 46 percent of Alabama voters supported Jones while 42 percent said they planned to cast a ballot for Moore. Nine percent of voters were undecided, according to AL.com.
Jones and Moore are vying for a Senate seat in the upcoming Alabama special election, slated for Dec. 12. Moore is facing accusations he had made sexual advances toward three underage women and purchased alcohol for another teenager.
On Nov. 9, Alabama resident Leigh Corfman alleged Moore had sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old and he was 32 years old. Wendy Miller stated that Moore dated her around the same time, when she was 16 years old. Debbie Wesson Gibson alleged she and Moore kissed when she was 17 years old. Gloria Thacker Deason alleged he had purchased alcohol for her during dates when she was 18 years old and not of drinking age. The Washington Post had 30 sources corroborate the women's accounts.
"I have prayed over this," Corfman said. "All I know is that I can't sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed."
Moore, who is now 70, has denied the allegations.
"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign," the GOP candidate said in a statement.
The survey found that 38 percent of respondents said they were less likely to cast a ballot for Moore after learning of the allegations while 29 percent said that they were more likely to vote for him. Of those polled, 33 percent said the allegations made no difference on how they planned to vote.
On Nov. 10, Jones addressed the allegations against Moore.
"It's his issue, it's his problem," Jones said, according to WKRG. "He needs to address those issues and the people of Alabama deserve some answers."
On Nov. 12, Moore announced he planned to file a lawsuit against The Washington Post, saying the newspaper's reporting on the allegations was libel.
"The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign," Moore said, according to CNN. "These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue -- and for which they will be sued."
On Nov. 13, Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called on Moore to step down from the Alabama race amid the allegations, Fox News reports.
"I believe the women, yes," McConnell said.