We’re now only a day away from the conclusion of one of the most controversial Senate campaigns in recent memory. The Republican candidate in the Alabama race, Roy Moore, has been accused by several women of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago. Despite near ubiquitous abandonment by the GOP and calls from all sides for him to drop out, Moore has stayed in the race.
The explosive finale will have massive ramifications for the GOP, as the party will have to decide what steps to take should Moore come out on top. Should he lose, it’ll be a huge loss, as the seat should have been an easy win for Republicans.
As reported at the New York Post, realizing that no matter what stance they take, the media will still run propaganda and hit pieces against them, Alabama Republicans have made the bold decision to declare their intention to vote for Moore, despite the allegations.
“I have stated both publicly and privately over the last month that unless these allegations were proven to be true I would continue to plan to vote for the Republican nominee, Judge Roy Moore,” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill wrote in a text message to The Associated Press. “I have already cast my absentee ballot and I voted for Judge Moore.”
While there’s always the options of not showing up, writing in another name, or voting for Moore’s liberal opponent, Republicans across the state are making it known, at least on the outside, they’re supporting Moore. Part of the reason could very well be because many of them will be facing reelection in 2018, and don’t want to elicit the anger of Moore’s very strong base of supporters
However, there are still some Republicans still taking a strong stance against Moore. The state’s most influential politician, US Sen. Richard Shelby, said he wrote in the name of a prominent Republican.
“I wrote in a distinguished Republican. I did not vote for Judge Moore, but I voted Republican,” Shelby said.
Last month, US Rep. Bradley Byrne from Alabama said he be voting for the Republican nominee, and that it’s up to voters to decide, not politicians and the media.
“Some serious allegations have been made and Judge Moore has vehemently denied them. Frankly, I don’t think the people of Alabama want me, any national politician, or the national news media telling them what to think or how to vote,” Byrne said in the statement. “The decision is ultimately up to the people of Alabama to evaluate the information they have before them and make an informed decision. We must respect the voters’ decision.”
Trump has echoed this sentiment, albeit he’s also been consistently supportive of Moore throughout the entire ordeal. Needless to say, the people of Alabama will be the ones deciding who to send to the DC swamp. Tuesday’s sure to be an entertaining spectacle, but even more interesting will be what comes after Moore’s likely victory.
Source: New York Post