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Roll Tide: All That Roy Moore And Doug Jones Can Do Now In Alabama's Senate Race Is Wait
Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2017 | Matt Vespa

Posted on 12/12/2017 6:07:37 PM PST by Kaslin

It’s over. The Alabama special election is over. The polls have closed. The only thing that Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones can do now is wait. Moore has been dealing with multiple accusations of sexual molestation and assault from multiple women. These events occurred when Moore’s accusers were teenagers. It’s been an issue that has plagued the Moore campaign. As the ballots are being counted, turnout in some areas of the state is higher than usual. Yet, CNN’s panel of pundits noted that high black turnout, which is what Democrats are hoping for, might not be enough to win. When Obama ran, black voter turnout reached 28 percent; he still lost the state by over ten points. Former Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu had a similar fate. Had a strong showing with black voters in 2014, but got wiped out by the white electorate. David Wasserman had a lengthy post on FiveThirtyEight’s live blog of this election listing what Jones needs to do to win.

It’s easy to get lost in the surreal stories of Alabama’s Senate race. But at the end of the day, simple math will dictate whether Jones can become the first Democrat to win statewide office since 2008 (when Lucy Baxley was elected president of the state’s public service commission).

I’ve created a follow-at-home model estimating the vote shares Jones and Moore need to exceed in each of Alabama’s 67 counties to win tonight. To break it down, here are the four stars that need to align for Jones to prevail:

Jones needs ridiculous margins in Jefferson and Montgomery counties, home to Birmingham and Montgomery. They were the two largest Alabama counties carried by Hillary Clinton, and I estimate that Jones needs to beat Moore there by 29 points and 47 points respectively.

Jones needs a robust GOP crossover vote (and a substantial write-in vote) from whites with a college degree, who make up roughly a quarter of the state’s electorate. Huntsville (Madison County) and the Birmingham suburbs (Shelby County) are the main places to look, as well as Tuscaloosa County (University of Alabama) and Lee County (Auburn).

Jones can’t afford turnout in the “Black Belt” to drop off much from the 2016 presidential election. At first, for an off-year special election, that would sound next to impossible. But keep in mind that 2016 turnout in places like Tuskegee (Macon County) and Selma (Dallas County) was considerably down from when Obama was on the ballot. So, with Democrats engaged in a black get-out-the-vote operation like never before, it’s not such a far-fetched scenario.

Jones needs a comparatively lower, more typical midterm turnout from whites without a college degree, who make up Moore’s and Trump’s bases. If Moore is failing to hit his target numbers in places where these voters are numerous, such as Cullman, DeKalb and Houston counties, he may be in trouble.

Currently on track for 25% turnout in some areas higher. Madison and Baldwin County reporting closer to 35%. Baldwin cites record number of Dems for special election. #alpolitics— Alabama Reporter (@ALReporter) December 12, 2017

Turnout continues to surpass expectations around the state, SOS John Merrill says. He originally predicted a high of 25%. Could go higher if turnout trend holds. #alpolitics #ALSEN— Alabama Reporter (@ALReporter) December 12, 2017

To win #ALSEN (@CookPolitical PVI R+14), Jones needs:

1) Ridiculous Dem margins in Birmingham/Montgomery
2) Strong crossover from college whites in Huntsville/Shelby
3) Not much drop-off from '16 turnout in Black Belt
4) Weak/typical off year turnout among non-college whites— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) December 12, 2017

Hillary Clinton got 729,547 votes in Alabama. Doug Jones may actually need more votes to win tonight.— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) December 12, 2017

For Moore, it’s having a strong showing in rural Alabama, while making sure not too many moderate GOP voters in the suburbs flip for Jones (via NBC News):

More broadly, Moore's best counties are often in the state's most rural, white and least populous areas. In Blount and Cullman counties, which lie between Birmingham and Huntsville, Moore won more than three-quarters of the vote in 2012.

Moore probably won't win as many counties as Trump did — 54 — but most of the state map should be Republican red by the end of the night. The question is whether Moore can turn out his rural supporters and hold onto enough suburban moderates to take full advantage of the state's heavy GOP tilt.

We’ll update you more as the race becomes clearer. 


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; douchejones; dougjones; roymoore; sexualmisconduct; ussenate
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To: DarthVader

Baldwin just had a big batch reporting, now the county is 77% in. That didn’t swing things like I was hoping.

What do we have left, really?.... The last 23% of Baldwin, then just random scattered bits... Hmm...

This is not the evening I was hoping for.


21 posted on 12/12/2017 7:07:54 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: OldGuard1

Yep. I think Jones has it unless it’s the more conservative precincts that haven’t reported in. Birmingham and Mobile lean democratic.

If the GOP would have supported Moore, he would have won.


22 posted on 12/12/2017 7:10:09 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: OldGuard1

What’s left for us? 3% of Marshall, 3% of St. Clair, 37% of Shelby (but Shelby isn’t very big), 6% of Baldwin... and that’s it. All of the rest is 100%. But there’s tons of blue left.

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23 posted on 12/12/2017 7:12:25 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: OldGuard1

And 17K write in votes?


24 posted on 12/12/2017 7:15:35 PM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: luckystarmom

The blame lies solely at their feet for abandoning a solid conservative in the middle of an election.

But don’t worry, they’ll still come begging for donations when they need them.


25 posted on 12/12/2017 7:16:26 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: Kaslin

I think I need a drink...


26 posted on 12/12/2017 7:19:03 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: OldGuard1

Just flipped to Jones. Oh well.


27 posted on 12/12/2017 7:19:28 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Kaslin

Oh well, so long Franken.


28 posted on 12/12/2017 7:21:12 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: luckystarmom

The Dims are going to be more insufferable than usual now.


29 posted on 12/12/2017 7:21:36 PM PST by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: DarthVader

How about losing now? Sh*t!


30 posted on 12/12/2017 7:22:38 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: WMarshal

LOL, good one. Sadly it’s looking like Moore lost right now.


31 posted on 12/12/2017 7:25:31 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This forum is a Doug Jones free zone! Go Roy Moore!)
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To: Huskrrrr

Yeah, but Franken is being replaced with another Rat...


32 posted on 12/12/2017 7:27:34 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: Road Warrior ‘04

How about lost.


33 posted on 12/12/2017 7:28:00 PM PST by DarthVader ("The biggest misconception on Free Republic is that the Deep State is invulnerable")
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To: OldGuard1
Yeah, but Franken is being replaced with another Rat...

Now that there won't be any ethics investigations taking place, when does Al Franken un-resign?

34 posted on 12/12/2017 7:29:33 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Uncle Sam 911

Yes, and I had hoped it would hold up, but alas gravity has it’s way.

Oh well!


35 posted on 12/12/2017 7:34:25 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This forum is a Doug Jones free zone! Go Roy Moore!)
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To: Kaslin

Mitch McConnell’s legacy will be turning the senate back over to the democrats


36 posted on 12/12/2017 7:35:22 PM PST by Vlad The Inhaler (United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Remember That Diversity Is The Opposite Of Unity.)
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To: Kaslin

The results suck and I’m so disappointed in voters for falling for four decade old lies, and for Republicans being so treacherous to their own, but let’s also remember that the sky hasn’t fallen. We still have control of Congress and we have President Trump. Let’s focus on 2018 and that especially includes the primaries leading into them.


37 posted on 12/12/2017 7:40:33 PM PST by Dragonspirit (President Trump do not give CNN a debate in 2020)
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To: Kaslin

Well, Ditch and the rest of the Establishment RINOs seem to have gotten what they wanted tonight. They’re one seat closer to giving away the Senate so they can have an excuse for not doing diddly.


38 posted on 12/12/2017 7:58:36 PM PST by TBP (Progressives lack compassion and tolerance. Their self-aggrandizement is all that matters.)
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To: WMarshal

I’m hearing the acceptance speech from Jones, now.


39 posted on 12/12/2017 8:07:41 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Screw The NFL!!!!!! My family fought for the flag!)
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To: Vlad The Inhaler

Enter McCain and Collins as the political power brokers now.

Alabama, you failed your countrymen, (and women). Jones will only be a one term senator, but that one term will be exceedingly problematic.


40 posted on 12/12/2017 9:16:41 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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