The Latest: Ex-marine thinks he can win Alabama Senate race
HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on Alabama Senate race. (all times local):
A former Marine who has launched a write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama says he believes residents are not being properly represented by the two other candidates.
Ret. Col. Lee Busby told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview Tuesday morning that winning is “doable” even though the race is only two weeks away. He is running as an independent candidate against Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore.
Busby thinks he is in position to claim enough of the two candidates’ supporters to win the special election on Dec. 12.
Busby says he is a registered Republican voter, but wasn’t a supporter of Moore even before the recent sexual harassment allegations against him surfaced.
Two women have accused Moore of sexually assaulting or molesting them decades ago, when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s and they were teenagers. At least five others have said he pursued romantic relationships when they were between ages 16 and 18. Moore has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct and said he never dated “underage” women, although he has not defined what he meant by “underage.”
Busby is a former aide to John Kelly who is now President Donald Trump’s chief of staff.
For Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, the path to victory in the Alabama Senate race could run through the middle.
To win against Moore, Jones must peel away some GOP support in the deeply red state. His campaign has run commercials of Republicans discussing their decision to vote for Jones. Meanwhile, Moore is counting on reliable GOP voters to send another Republican to Washington.
Moore was a polarizing figure in the state even before he was hit recently with allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago.
Alabama Republican voters uncomfortable with Moore are facing a prickly choice of supporting their party or voting for Jones.
Kathie Luckie of Hoover said she typically votes Republican but is struggling with the decision of whether to vote for Moore or stay home.
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