The Latest: Bands play for Jones’s get out the vote push
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate election in Alabama.(all times local):
Two prominent Alabama-based musical acts are helping Democrat Doug Jones get out the vote for Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election against Republican Roy Moore.
Singer Jason Isbell performed a free show for Jones’ campaign in Huntsville Saturday night, and two members of St. Paul & the Broken Bones did a show in Birmingham.
Jones took the stage during the Birmingham show, telling the crowd: “Now is the time to make the winds of change blow through Alabama.” Jones said Moore is divisive and would be a “disaster” for Alabama businesses.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joined Jones on stage, saying the Alabama race is important to the whole nation.
Isbell played in a mid-sized music hall, while lead singer Paul Janeway and a bandmate from St. Paul & the Broken Bones performed at Birmingham’s city auditorium. The hall seats 6,000 people for shows, but only the floor was full.
President Donald Trump has recorded automated phone messages urging support for Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Saturday that Trump has recorded the phone message on Moore’s behalf. Moore’s campaign said the calls will go out to households Monday, a day ahead of the U.S. Senate election.
Moore is locked in a heated contest with Democrat Doug Jones for the seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump urged Alabamians to vote for Moore during a Friday-night rally in neighboring Florida.
Trump had done similar calls for incumbent Sen. Luther Strange who lost to Moore in the GOP primary.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker urged Alabamians to get out and vote for Democrat Doug Jones, saying “bad people get elected when good people don’t vote.”
Booker, one of two African-Americans in the US Senate, made a series of Saturday stops for Jones, including a rally on the campus of Alabama State University.
Booker, who has roots in Alabama, urged people to help defeat Republican Roy Moore, saying Moore’s “divisiveness” does not reflect the Alabama he loves.
Booker said Jones will fight for working families, health care and knows that the job of senator Involves “representing all of the people.”
Moore was twice removed as state Chief Justice, the last time in a stand against same-sex marriage.
Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones says his campaign has “the wind at its back” as he crisscrosses the state ahead of Tuesday’s election for U.S. Senate.
In a Saturday stop in Selma, Jones said his campaign has been focused on bringing people together, while Republican Roy Moore is trying to divide voters.
Jones is attempting to become the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in 25 years. Jones held a series of stops aimed at energizing the broad coalition he has to build to pull off the upset in deep-red Alabama.
Jones planned stops in Selma and Montgomery with prominent African-American politicians, including Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Grammy-winning artist Jason Isbell was scheduled to hold a free concert for Jones in Huntsville, Ala.
Jones in Selma accused Moore of “hiding” since he has held only about a half-dozen public events since he was hit with accusations of sexual misconduct last month.
Renegade Republican Roy Moore may be plagued by scandal, but it will take more than that for Democrat Doug Jones to win in deep-red Alabama on Tuesday.
Jones’ team is fighting history and math to energize a winning coalition of African-Americans and moderate Republicans. It’s a delicate balancing act on full display on Saturday as Jones and his network of volunteers canvassed the state.
Moore is facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, including allegations that he molested two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with several others while in his 30s. He has largely denied the allegations.
The explosive charges, which many Washington Republicans describe as credible, are giving Democrats a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in the Deep South, where Republicans significantly outnumber Democrats.