Can Roy Moore still win and what can Alabama GOP voters do after the bombshell sexual allegations.
WAAY 31 spent the day speaking with potential voters and a political expert who says this special election is now wide open and it’s anybody’s race. One thing that’s not up for debate is Roy Moore’s name will be on the ballot next month per state law, which prevents a party from changing it’s candidate 75 days before and election.
GOP and undecided voters have four options at this point. They can either vote for Roy Moore, they can vote for Doug Jones, they can write in any candidate of their choice, which could potentially split the GOP vote, or some may just decide to stay home and not vote at all.
“Many people feel that Judge Moore will stay in the race, Doug Jones will stay in the race and the alternative would be a write in candidate if they don’t want to vote for either two of them, but for writing candidate to win it is very difficult it has happened, but under very unusual circumstances,” History & Political Science Instructor at Calhoun Community College Waymon Burke said.
In the past we’ve seen other politicians overcome sexual misconduct allegations, Burke said, but this one may be tough for anyone to win out.
“Because pedophilia is a very serious charge, and I know it’s alleged, but that’s what it is pedophilia,” Burke said. He goes on to say,” I think it’s a very difficult path for Judge Moore at this time. He has his supporters who for whatever reason may try to justify this whether they believe it’s contrive or false, whatever reason some of them feel that they’ve got to retain 52 votes in the U.S. Senate for Mitch McConnell; various reasoning. Some of that Moore vote will disappear. “
If Moore were to step aside, which there’s no indicated that he will, and he still receives the majority of the votes, the special election process would be voided and done over, meaning a new GOP runoff and second special election would occur. Until then, Luther Strange would remain the active senator.