In US Senate race, a Democratic coalition played to win while many Republicans took a knee

December 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Democrats are elated, Birmingham’s big mules are relieved and the once dominant Alabama Republican Party — whether they will admit it or not — is in trouble. From solid red counties to African-American communities financially handicapped by white Republican leaders, the U.S. Senate race showed that a few committed individuals could change Alabama’s political landscape, at least for now.

As several longtime political operatives confided to the Alabama Political Reporter, “It took the Washington Post to set-up Roy Moore, but it was the Republican leadership who brought him down.”

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An open letter to Alabama’s Christian Community: “You are being played”

November 28, 2017

By Tom Ertl

Dear Alabama Christians,

In my 50 years of following national political races I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one as strange as the current U.S. Senate race in your state.

First, we had the national Republican Party in the September Senate run-off working against the state’s more popular candidate Judge Roy Moore in favor of their establishment candidate, and former D.C. lobbyist, Luther Strange. The D.C. Republicans flooded Strange with money only to see him lose by a significant 9-point margin.

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US Senate race: Doug Jones prepares for December; Strange allies rally behind Moore

September 27, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore celebrates his victory in the race against U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, prepares to face him in December.

“This just got real,” Jones wrote on Twitter after various news organizations called the Republican runoff for Moore. Afterwards, Jones called for more volunteers to join his campaign.

“Even though I was not on the ballot today, our campaign has been building momentum for weeks with hundreds of volunteers signing up to join our effort, Republicans reaching out to us throughout the state, and our campaign just finished our strongest week of fundraising,” Jones said in a statement after the runoff was over.

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