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The 2018 midterm elections could determine the future of the nation’s most powerful post-World War II institution.
While the midterm elections will be held March 15-17, the Senate race in Alabama will begin its primary in mid-April, when a Republican incumbent, Jeff Sessions, faces Democrat Doug Jones in a race that’s expected to be a toss-up.
While Democrats have won the majority of Senate seats in the last decade, the seat currently held by the late Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) is one of the most closely watched races in the country, and has long been a Republican stronghold.
It is also a tossup, but Republican incumbents typically get to the White House in November, and the party is hoping that a Moore win will give them a leg up in the November general election.
So how did the Senate seat become a toss up in 2020?
Democrats made a splash in 2020 when they launched a TV ad that claimed Moore had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.
While there’s been no official confirmation of the allegations, the Republican National Committee has endorsed Moore, and Trump and top GOP strategist Steve Bannon have spoken out against Moore.
But Moore has continued to make his case, saying he’s done nothing wrong and that the allegations are a “conspiracy against our country.”
The Moore campaign has accused Democrats of playing politics, though Democrats say they are the ones who are playing politics.
Democrats have called out Moore on Twitter for not supporting their party’s nominee for the Senate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
“The Republican Party is a party that has been out of touch with American voters, a party whose entire history has been to attack the middle class and attack the working class and then attack the women who have been attacked,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on ABC’s “This Week.”
“They’ve been the party of Roy Moore.
They’re the party that fought to elect Roy Moore in Alabama.”
Democrats also pointed to Trump’s comments on Wednesday that Moore “needs to step aside” and “take a position” if he is to be reelected.
Moore’s opponents have also made the same argument that Moore’s comments about the victims and the abuse are offensive and have drawn widespread criticism.
“We have to be clear: if Moore continues to deny this allegation and then stands by it, he will be in violation of the Constitution,” said Rachel Maddow on “This Morning” on Wednesday.
“He is not fit to serve in the United States Senate.
That’s not something we’re going to let happen.”
Republicans have also tried to distance themselves from Moore, attacking him for his comments on social media, particularly tweets that suggested that “young black girls” were sexually abused by Moore.
The Republican National Convention was scheduled to take place in late September, and Moore was not on the agenda.
Moore was also one of four GOP senators who opposed the confirmation of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to be national security advisor, despite the president’s call for Flynn to resign over his inappropriate conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Democrats were also critical of Moore for his handling of the sexual assault allegations, saying the allegations “do not bode well for the reputation of the United, the credibility of the Senate or the future leadership of the Republican Party.”
But the backlash against Moore has been particularly intense for Democrats.
On Friday, Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) announced she will be filing a complaint with the U:S.
Department of Justice, citing Moore’s conduct during the 2016 presidential election.
The Democratic lawmaker also said that Moore was an example of a Republican senator who would be unfit for office.
“I will not tolerate this behavior and the Republicans who condoned it are in my sights, too,” Duckworth said in a statement.
“The sexual assault and abuse of young girls by Roy Moore is a textbook example of how Republican senators and Republican governors continue to ignore women and their cries for justice.
This is why it’s so important that Democrats stand up and demand that Roy Moore step aside, and that he resign.”
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