Moore gains support as poll numbers rise - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Moore gains support as poll numbers rise

(Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Roy Moore picked up the support of the President and the RNC over the last few days, as the republican candidate hopes to become Alabama’s next US Senator.

Roy Moore’s support dipped after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct when they were underage, and he was in his 30’s.

Moore has denied the allegations, calling them part of a political hit job.

The allegations caused many national republicans, including senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, to call for Moore to step aside.

However, recent weeks have seen Moore start to rebound in the polls. In late November our Raycom News Network senate election poll conducted by strategy research showed Moore’s race against Doug Jones in a statistical tie.

Tuesday, the same poll showed Moore with a 7 point lead - 50 percent Roy Moore, 43 percent Doug Jones.

“Remember the politicians are monitoring the same polls we are monitoring,” Jon Gray, strategy research, said. “It’s not a coincidence that their opinions started changing once Roy Moore’s numbers started going up in the polls.”

Gray said getting the money from the RNC at this point in the campaign is a huge benefit for Moore.

“You cannot overstate the importance of the republicans coming back in financially to support Roy Moore,” Gray said.

According to Gray, the funding will help with Moore’s “get out the vote” targets as we get closer to election day.

However, despite increased support, not all republicans are supporting Roy Moore.

Senator Jeff Flake donated money to the Doug Jones campaign, while Sen. McConnell said Moore would have issues to work out with the ethics committee if elected.

Moore’s campaign chair, Bill Armistead, said he believes if Moore wins, republicans “are going to be embracing him more than most people could imagine right now."

"The campaign will be over; it will be about healing and working together,” Armistead said.

Also playing into republican decision making could be the current slim republican majority.

The election is next Tuesday, Dec. 12.

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