Amanda Terkel writes for the Huffington Post that Democrat Doug Jones has a chance to win the Alabama Senate seat once held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions – but only if the national party keeps its distance as he tailors his far left positions to voters in that red state:
Democrats are salivating at the chance to pick up a Senate seat in the Deep South. When Jeff Sessions vacated the position to become attorney general, it seemed safe to assume that his successor would be a fellow Republican. Alabama is, after all, where Donald Trump defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by nearly 30 percentage points in 2016.
But now Republicans are stuck with Roy Moore, a nominee who has been accused of pursuing a number of women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. And Democrats have a real shot at winning the Dec. 12 election with their candidate, Doug Jones ― but only, they say, if the national party stays away, or at least stays quiet.
“We see this as a race that Doug Jones is running. He’s running it with Alabama people, and it’s going to be decided by Alabama voters. We’re really not looking for outside help,” said Giles Perkins, an attorney who is chairman of the Jones campaign.
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