Democrat Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones told the Economist earlier this month that he has voted for every Democrat candidate for president since 1976.
That list includes Jimmy Carter in 1980 and Walter Mondale in 1984 instead of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, Al Gore in 2000, Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and Hillary Clinton in 2016 instead of Donald Trump.
When asked by the Economist, “Have you voted Republican?” Jones said, “One time, I voted for Richard Nixon, my very first vote. Oh God, I‘ve regretted it ever since.”
The 63-year-old Jones was born in May 1954, and would have been 18-years-old in November 1972 when Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern in an electoral college landslide.
The Democratic standard bearer in the December 12 special election for the U.S. Senate against Republican nominee Roy Moore has been out-of-touch with his fellow Alabamians when it comes to presidential candidate support for more than thirty years.
In the ten presidential elections since 1980, Jones cast his vote every time in favor of the Democrat candidate whose policies have been rejected by Alabama voters.
In the four presidential elections since 2004, none of the Democratic presidential candidates backed by Jones received more than 38 percent of the vote from Alabamians. In contrast, every Republican presidential candidate received 60 percent or more of the vote in the state.
The average margin of defeat in the state for the Democrat candidates in these four presidential elections (John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton) has been 24 points.
Donald Trump’s margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 at 28 points (63 percent to 35 percent) was the highest of all these four recent elections.
Trump’s 63 percent was the highest vote percentage for the candidate who won Alabama’s electoral college votes since 1972, when Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern in Alabama by a margin of 47 points–72 percent to 25 percent.
No Democrat presidential candidate Jones has supported since 1984 has won more than 43 percent of the vote in the state.
Jones was rewarded for his loyalty to the Democrat Party in 1997, when President Bill Clinton appointed him as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.