Alabama votes in high-stakes election

ELECTION-The race between Mr Jones (left) and Mr Moore is too close to callAlabama voters are heading to the polls in a Senate election that could have wider implications for Donald Trump.
Republican candidate Roy Moore, a former Alabama judge who is embroiled in allegations of child sex abuse, has been endorsed by the US president.
Mr Trump’s support is at odds with much of the Republican establishment, who have distanced themselves from the 70-year-old Christian conservative.
The race between Mr Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has been too close to call.
Mr Moore denies claims by several women that he made unwelcome sexual advances, mostly when they were teenagers.
However, the scandal has put a Senate seat in Alabama within reach of Democrats for the first time in more than two decades.
A win for the Democrats could reduce the power of the Republican party, who currently hold just a two-seat Senate majority, to pass legislation ahead of next year’s mid-term Congressional elections.
While it is already difficult to pass legislation in the Senate, losing another seat would be a blow for Mr Trump, as approval must be reached by the majority of voting members.
A win for Mr Moore would be a victory for the president, who has been vocal in his support for the Republican candidate.
Mr Trump’s relationship with fellow Republicans has been at times tense, with some launching attacks on both his character and his presidency.
Mr Trump has previously blamed his own party for legislative failures.
Yesterday’s winner will take the seat held previously by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.
At a rally on Monday night, Mr Moore reiterated his denials, again questioning why his accusers had kept quiet for 40 years while he held various political offices.
A number of women allege unwelcome sexual advances by him when they were teenagers.
One alleges Mr Moore molested her when she was 14. Another says he tried to rape her.
Speaking alongside Mr Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in front of a crowd that chanted the president’s slogan “Drain the Swamp”, Mr Moore drew heavily from the Bible.
“I want to make America great again with President Trump,” he said.
“I want America great, but I want America good and she can’t be good until we go back to God.”
Mr Moore was joined at the rally by his wife Kayla who said separate allegations last week that her husband was anti-Semitic were “fake news”. -BBC

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