VideoCast with CNN and Podcasts: Previewing the Alabama Senate Election

Doug Jones, Democratic candidate in the Alabama Senate race, with supporters in Montgomery, December 9, 2017

UPDATE, DEC 12: As Alabamians go to the polls today, two further overviews of the election with BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle:

Listen to BBC Radio Ulster

If it’s a relatively low turnout, there are enough diehard Alabamians who would elect the Devil himself if he was a Republican and that’s good for Moore. If it’s a higher turnout, that means Jones has probably turned out people who are on the fence or who are thinking of voting Democrat and that may mean he pulls off the upset.

Listen to BBC Radio Foyle

Beyond the GOP majority in the Senate, this election has become critical because of morality. At this point, what does a man have to do so that you will not support him, regardless of his party affiliation?…

The Republicans are in a no-win situation. If Doug Jones win, their majority in the Senate is down to 51-49 and it’s a symbol of how much support they’ve lost. Even if Moore wins, he is going to be so dogged by controversy that the Democrats can say, “Look, where is your morality? Where are your ethics?”

I joined Rosemary Church and CNN International on Monday morning to preview tomorrow’s Alabama Senate election, in which the GOP’s Roy Moore — accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with women as young as 14, statements supporting slavery and questioning women’s and civil rights, and declarations that homosexuality is a crime — faces Democrat Doug Jones, the prosecutor of high-profile civil rights cases.

There is also a brief chat about the damaging effect of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — and the two reasons why he made the announcement.

Watch from 3:34:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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