Roy Moore, Doug Jones make final campaign pushes ahead of Alabama US Senate election
All political eyes are on Alabama just hours before the state's voters will choose the next man to join the U.S. Senate.
Democrat Doug Jones hit the campaign trail hard over the weekend. Republican Roy Moore chose not to make any public appearances, all while he continues to deny allegations of sexual misconduct during his time as a young prosecutor.
Moore appeared Monday night at a Drain the Swamp rally in Midland City, Ala., where former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was expected to speak on his behalf.
Jones spoke the same evening at an Election Eve rally in Birmingham with Mayor Randall Woodfin and Charles Barkley.
At a breakfast diner Monday morning in Birmingham, Jones said he's not paying attention to polls that have him in the lead.
“We're out here, we're talking to people like we're behind 50 points,” said Jones. “We're making sure our message is getting across while Roy Moore's hiding behind whoever he's hiding behind. It's certainly not us."
Moore's campaign tells WBMA he spent the weekend making calls, engaging voters and preparing for Tuesday.
Our repeated requests for an interview with Moore have not been granted. Sunday, he continued to deny allegations of sexual misconduct to the Voice of Alabama Politics.
Political Scientist Dr. Natalie Davis says one key demo in this race will be suburban white women who may choose to abandon the Republican Party.
She says research shows this is the demo that may make the race winnable for Jones.
WBMA spoke with women voters in Homewood Monday.
Laura Wilson is one republican voter still unsure of her vote on the day before polls open.
“I don't really want to vote for Doug Jones because of his issues, his stand on abortion,” said Wilson. “So that's why I'm unsure. Because what Roy Moore's been accused of, I just don't feel like he should be in a leadership role.”
Wilson says she's leaning toward voting for Moore or maybe writing-in her vote.
Danielle Self considers herself independent. She's casting her vote for Jones.
“I like Doug Jones better,” said Self. “He's not necessarily what I would consider the best candidate but he's better than Roy Moore.”
One woman in Homewood told WBMA off camera she's voting for Moore because he's Republican.
Another voter said she's a republican who plans to sit this race out.
Secretary of State John Merrill tells WBMA he's expecting 20-25 percent voter turnout tomorrow. He says 25 percent turnout would be about 832,000 votes.
The GOP runoff for this race had 14 percent voter turnout.