A shocking internal GOP poll finds Democrat Doug Jones with a double-digit lead over embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Democrat Doug Jones has vaulted to a 12-point lead over Republican Roy Moore in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, according to a leaked National Republican Senatorial Committee poll that was leaked to Politico.
The poll, which was conducted after multiple women accused Moore of sexual abuse when they were teenagers, showed Jones leading Moore among Alabama voters 51-39.
That is by far the biggest lead Jones – who through most of the race has trailed Moore by double digits – has held in any poll of the race so far. An October NRSC poll showed Moore led Jones by 16 points.
The poll was conducted on Sunday and Monday, meaning much of it was conducted before a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward on Monday afternoon to allege that Moore had locked her in his car when she was 16 and sexually assaulted her.
Moore’s favorable rating in the poll nosedived from 49 percent favorable before the allegations to 35 percent favorable today.
Politico also revealed that the result found Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who vacated the seat earlier this year to join the Trump administration – would fare poorly as a write-in candidate. Earlier Wednesday, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell floated a write-in campaign by Sessions as a possible option.
Moore has refused to exit the race. After McConnell called on him to step down, he responded in a tweet calling on McConnell to step down as majority leader instead. Moore has brushed aside the allegations as “fake news.”
Moore and Jones are set to face off in Alabama on December 12.