After casting his not-so-secret ballot in Alabama’s special Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones had fighting words for Roy Moore, his Republican rival who has been accused of preying on teenage girls.
‘In Alabama, we have come so far with too many things, and there’s this saying, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,”‘ Jones told reporters gathered outside his Birmingham polling location. ‘Alabama’s not going to let that shame happen.’
Jones was asked by a journalist what he would do if he was bested by Moore, who in usual circumstances would be an easy winner in the bright red state.
Democrat Doug Jones spoke to reporters after he cast his ballot Tuesday morning in Alabama’s special Senate election
Surrounding by supporters, Democrat Doug Jones suggested that scandal-ridden Republican Roy Moore wouldn’t win today’s race in the heavily Republican state
Democrat Doug Jones said, ‘Alabama’s not going to let that shame happen,’ as he runs against Roy Moore, an accused pedophile
Democrat Doug Jones waves at supporters after he cast his ballot in Tuesday’s competitive special election for the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Doug Jones receives a ballot at the Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a town located outside of Birmingham
The Democrat, who is up 10 points in one poll and down nine in another – showing the sheer impossibility of predicting the electorate in this race – didn’t want to fathom the possibility of a loss.
He said that he didn’t think ‘we’re going to get that.’
‘I don’t think Roy Moore is going to win this election,’ Jones said.
Moore is expected to arrive at his own polling place, alongside wife Kayla, on horseback.
CNN reported that the horse’s name is ‘Sally.’
In the final hours of campaigning, both Jones and Moore had influential surrogates at their side.
For Jones it was basketball legend Charles Barkley, a native Alabaman, who asked hi state mates to ‘stop looking like idiots to the nation.’
For Moore, it was a cast of characters popular with the political right.
He had former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke.
President Trump had recorded a robo call in support for Moore, while President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had done the same for Jones.