"If you don't believe in my character, don't vote for me," Roy Moore said at a campaign rally on the eve of Tuesday's Senate election in Alabama, once again lashing out at the women who've accused him of sexual misconduct. BuzzFeed describes the rally as an "airing of grievances," in which Moore also slammed the media, the GOP establishment, and Democratic rival Doug Jones. His wife, Kayla Moore, also spoke, rejecting suggestions that she and her husband are racist and anti-Semitic. "Fake news will tell you that we don't care for Jews," she said. "One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish." In other developments:
- 'A special place in hell.' Other conservative speakers at the Moore rally included Steve Bannon, who laid into Mitch McConnell, Condoleezza Rice, and other Republicans who failed to support Moore, the Independent reports. "There's a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better," he said.
- A menace to pages? Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, wrote to the administrative body in charge of the Senate Monday to warn that Moore could be a threat to teenagers who work as pages in Congress if he's elected, the Washington Post reports. "I would like to know what preventative steps are being undertaken to safeguard Senate Pages from predatory conduct of US Senators and Senate staff," she wrote.
- Polls are all over the place. The race is so hard to call that some pollsters are issuing different turnout models instead of traditional predictions, Politico reports. Some polls have Jones 10 points ahead and others have Moore up to 9 points ahead. Jones is strongest in polls conducted via live phone calls, while Moore prevails in online polls and automated calls.
- Condi weighs in. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged her fellow Alabamians to vote in an election she called one of the most significant in state history, though she didn't mention either candidate by name, AL.com reports. "I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right," she said. "These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance."
- A defining moment. With the election seen as a defining moment for politics in Alabama, Jones issued a plea for "decency" at a campaign rally Monday, the AP reports. "We've lagged behind in industry. We've lagged behind in education. We've lagged behind in health care. It's time we take the road that's going to get us on the path to progress," he said. At the same rally, NBA star Charles Barkley said: "At some point, we've got to stop looking like idiots to the nation."
- High stakes. The Hill reports that the stakes are extremely high for the GOP: A Jones victory would reduce the Republican majority in the Senate to just 51, meaning that moderates and mavericks would have even more influence, making it unlikely that measures like ObamaCare repeal could pass.
- The deciding factor. Turnout is likely to be the deciding factor in a close race, the New York Times predicts. With a high enough turnout among African-Americans, young voters, and voters who lean Republican but can't bring themselves to vote for Moore, Jones will win. Otherwise, conservative voters will carry Moore to the victory that seemed assured before sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.
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