In spite of allegations of sexual abuse—which appear to be crumbling by the moment—former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s lead in his state’s senate special election remains at more than 10 points.
Breitbart News reported over the weekend the mother of the judge’s primary accuser contradicted a key piece of information in the story reported by The Washington Post, which said Moore contacted her by calling her bedroom phone. Her mother, however, said she did not have a bedroom phone at the time the alleged abuse happened.
The mother still supported her daughter’s allegations. But the vast majority of Alabamans don’t seem to agree. They instead seem to have accepted Moore’s assertion the newspaper is working on behalf of the Democratic National Committee to derail his campaign, and had been trying to do so since before the latest accusations.
At a campaign rally Saturday, Moore told the crowd:
"Shortly after becoming the Republican nominee for the United States Senate, The Washington Post began an attack on the Foundation for Moral Law, on my wife, and on me. For weeks, we read about my salary which they distorted, about taxes where they said we were paid money we never got. But we endured that.
Later, they came out and endorsed my opponent in this race. Just two days ago, The Washington Post published yet another attack on my character and reputation in a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign for the United States Senate. These attacks about a minor are completely false and untrue about something that happened nearly 40 years ago. But more than being completely false and untrue, they are very hurtful to me personally.
I wanted to make it clear to the media present and the people present, I have not provided alcoholic beverages—beer or anything else—to a minor. I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone. These allegations came only four and a half weeks before the general election on Dec. 12. Why now?
For forty years I have been closely scrutinized in the press and the public media. I have had investigations by the attorney general, I’ve had investigations by the judicial inquiry commission on more than one occasion, I’ve had investigations by the court of the judiciary, I’ve been in five statewide campaigns in which they do opposition research—they do investigations, as you can see in every one I’ve ever run—and three county elections and two major controversies over religious liberty and the Ten Commandments and same-sex marriage. I’ve been investigated more than any other person in this country. That grown women would wait forty years to come right before an election to bring charges is absolutely unbelievable."
NEW POLL NUMBERS
Breitbart News also reported on polls conducted by an Alabama polling firm that showed Moore’s daily tracking numbers—his polling percentages taken on a daily basis—showed only a 0.2-percentage point change from before and after The Washington Post published its report. He leads Democrat former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, 49.8-39.6.
The online news outlet quoted the pollster as saying:
"The controversy surrounding The Washington Post article seems to have galvanized the support of both candidates, but not changed the actual percentages in a significant manner. The Moore campaign has already weathered a considerable amount of political attacks during this campaign season, and I expect most of his lightest support to have blown off during these attacks. His current support level is holding fairly steady.
The voters of Alabama know Roy Moore and what he stands for. Alabama is also a very red state where any Republican candidate is going to have a very high floor to start with. So far it seems the people of Alabama believe Roy Moore is more credible than The Washington Post."
This particular polling firm accurately predicted the outcome of the Alabama Republican primary runoff election between Moore and Sen. Luther Strange within a fraction of a percentage point. The liberal mainstream media, however, is reporting instead on another poll that shows the judge trailing by a four-point margin, 46-42.
GOP ESTABLISHMENT BOLTS
The GOP establishment is clearly buying the latter more than the former. Republican senators throughout the weekend distanced themselves from Moore, with two notable potential colleagues rescinding their endorsements.
But on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took it a step further, stating he believes the accusations and that Moore needs to step aside. Democrats and the liberal mainstream media suggested he was merely playing the Washington damage control game, having concluded it’s better for Moore to lose than for the party to have to defend against the allegations that were leveled.