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President Obama pushes support for Doug Jones in robocall

In a robocall to voters, Obama urged voters to choose Sen. Doug Jones.

Former President Barack Obama. Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Thousands of Alabamians got a voice message Sunday evening from a very familiar voice — President Barack Obama.

In a robocall to voters, Obama urged voters to choose Sen. Doug Jones, saying that Jones has been “proving (that Black Lives Matter) with actions his entire life.”

“In Alabama, the choice is clear: Doug Jones didn’t just stand up and declare Black Lives Matter,” Obama said in the call. “He’s been proving it with actions his entire life. From prosecuting the Klan to fighting for our jobs, our health care, our HBCUs.”

The call came on the heels of Jones making several stops over the weekend in the Black Belt region of the state. That area, with a large population of Black citizens, is typically overlooked by campaigning politicians in the deeply red state, but it was instrumental in Jones’ win three years ago over Roy Moore. 

Jones has made several stops in the area and he often talks about his work in the Senate getting funding for various Black Belt projects, such as water and sewer funding and broadband expansion. 

Jones remains the most at-risk Democrat in the Senate this election cycle. Polls have typically shown him trailing former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville by double digits, although a poll released by Jones’ campaign showed him up a point. 

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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