Roy Moore loses lead after sex misconduct allegations

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks at the Maggie Street Baptist Church in Montgomery

A new Washington Post/Schar Schoolpoll published Saturday shows that 50 percent of likely voters support Democratic candidate Doug Jones, compared to 47 percent who back Roy Moore for the December 12 contest.

Only 5 percent of Republicans said the allegations are "definitely true", while 12 percent said they're "probably true". The election, in other words, is anybody's game. Other accusers have since come forward. Moore vehemently denies the allegations. He also acknowledged recognizing the names of at least two of the women named in the original Post story.

The conservative nonprofit America First Policies showed Moore ahead by a single point. Moore leads among men by 15%. The pair did not begin dating until she was 23.

Trump in the past blasted Moore's Democratic opponent, saying Doug Jones would be a disaster.

A one-day, internet survey conducted by Change Research, founded this summer, showed Moore ahead by 5 points.

Real Clear Politics now has Moore up 2.5 points in its polling average, but the truth is that with most national polling outfits staying away, the unusual timing of the election, and the general shakiness of state surveys, nobody really knows what's going to happen next Tuesday.

The poll also finds 58% of all Alabama voters think abortion should be illegal. Moore has sought to cast himself as a champion of Christian values and his campaign, the Post notes, as a "spiritual battle" with heavy religious overtones.

Moore, who beat incumbent Sen. Just 35 percent of likely voters said they believe Moore pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, while 37 percent said they are either unsure or do not have an opinion, and 28 percent said they do not believe the allegations, the poll found. And another 12 percent said they haven't heard enough to make a determination.

Abortion is among the top issues pulling voters toward Moore.

The sample of 739 likely voters upon which the poll was based included 38 percent who self-identified as Republicans, 31 percent who identified as Democrats, and 27 percent who identified as independents.

The firestorm surrounding Moore has died down some after peaking in mid-November. Like Trump, Moore has not given any ground, instead attempting to poke holes in picayune details surrounding the accusations against him.

Nationally, Republicans have largely pulled their support for Moore.

McConnell had previously called for Moore to step aside in the race for Alabama Senate after multiple women accused the former judge of sexual misconduct.

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