POLL: Alabama Senate Race In Virtual Dead Heat

The Washington Post reports:

Alabama’s closely watched U.S. Senate race is a neck-and-neck contest as voter concerns about personal moral conduct weigh on the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll.

With less than two weeks to go, support for Democrat Doug Jones stands at 50 percent vs. Moore’s 47 percent support among likely voters — a margin of a scant three points that sets up a nail-biter for the oddly timed Dec. 12 special election.

The survey shows that allegations of improper sexual behavior against Moore, a former Alabama chief justice, hang heavily over a race that would favor a Republican under ordinary circumstances in this deeply conservative state.

Fifty-three percent of voters say Jones, a former federal prosecutor, has higher standards of personal moral conduct than Moore. In contrast, about a third of likely voters say Moore, who has cast his campaign as a “spiritual battle” with heavy religious overtones, has higher moral standards.

USA Today reports:

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones raised over $10 million for his campaign between Oct. 1 and Nov. 22, easily outdistancing Republican candidate Roy Moore’s haul during that time.

According to campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Jones, a former U.S. attorney, raised about $10.1 million during the two months. Moore raised $1.76 million during the same period.

While the haul was good news for Jones, it wasn’t necessarily bad news for Moore, who traditionally lags behind opponents in fundraising and generally doesn’t do a lot of television. Moore was outspent by U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in the primary and runoff for the Senate seat but still beat Strange by nine points in the Sept. 26 GOP runoff.