Democrat Believes He Is Leading Alabama Senate Race

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Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate in the race for one of Alabama's Senate seats, has said he believes he is ahead of Republican rival Roy Moore.

Voters will go to the polls to elect either Jones or Moore Dec. 12 in a special election, AL.com reported.

A Fox News poll put Jones in a tie with Moore, but the Republican has enjoyed leads in most other surveys.

Jones suggested to CNN Oct. 23 that he is "better than tied" with Moore.

"We have been seeing such an energy throughout Alabama, from one end of the state to the other," added Jones, according to AL.com. "People want change. People are sensing change. They don't want any more chaos. They see a dysfunctional Washington, D.C., and they want someone who can reach across aisles and try to have dialogue with people and talk to people. That's the only way we can ever get things done, and they understand that Roy Moore is not that kind of figure. He is nothing but a divisive and polarizing figure."

Pollsters who spoke to AL.com argued that the Fox survey was exceptional and that Moore is likely ahead.

But the Democrat remains confident.

"It's just a sense," said Jones. "We have such large crowds that we're seeing everywhere we go. There's such an enthusiasm, and we're seeing not just the traditional Democratic voters, we're seeing independents and Republicans that understand how important this election is, and they don't want the face of Alabama being someone who is being so divisive."

Moore won the Republican primary against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange. He advocates strong religious views, including the idea that "God's sovereignty" is the basis of the Constitution, and has argued that judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage should be removed from the bench.

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"I talk to liberals, and I tell them this," Moore told Time. "I say, 'You should be recognizing the sovereignty of God.' That's what gives you the right to believe what you want. That's in the first four Commandments."

Moore was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after he refused to remove a monument to the 10 Commandments and ordered judges not to issue gay marriage certificates.

Moore rejected the suggestion that his views make him an outsider. Instead, Moore believes he is returning the country to its roots.

"Am I pushing against the tide, or are liberals pushing against the tide of history?" he said. "The tide of history was that this country was far different than any country ever created. We recognized the laws of God as giving us a right to have a country. Thomas Jefferson knew that. James Madison said it."

Sources: AL.com, Time / Featured Image: U.S. Senate via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro via Wikimedia Commons, Roy Moore for Senate via Wikimedia Commons

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