2017 Campaign

Trump Believes Allegations Against Moore Are Bunk

President Trump “has privately told confidants over the past week that he firmly believes Roy Moore’s innocence and feels no hesitation at all about endorsing the embattled Alabama Senate candidate,” three sources close to the president tell the Daily Beast.

Said one White House official: “This is not something he’s struggling with.”

Weekly Standard: The administration explains its binary choice on Roy Moore.

Atlanta Mayor’s Race Heads to a Recount

“For the second time in eight years, the mayoralty of the South’s most influential city is likely to head to a recount,” the New York Times reports.

“Fewer than 800 votes separated Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood after local officials tallied more than 92,000 ballots that were cast in a runoff election on Tuesday, according to unofficial returns. The margin was narrow enough that Ms. Norwood, seeking to become Atlanta’s first white mayor in more than 40 years, said she would ask for a recount.”

“But Ms. Bottoms and her allies declared victory early Wednesday.”

The Women Who Could Elect Roy Moore

Ron Brownstein: “If Republican Roy Moore wins next week’s Senate special election in Alabama, it will be largely because of his support among women.”

“More specifically, Moore’s ability to survive the allegations of sexually pursuing young girls, which have rocked his campaign, will likely turn on whether he can maintain his pre-scandal advantage among white women without a college education — even as their college-educated counterparts have moved toward Democrat Doug Jones in much bigger numbers than usual for deeply conservative Alabama, according to public and private polling in the race.”

Key takeaway: “In the Trump era, the class divide looks more powerful than the gender divide, especially among whites.”

Trump Endorsement Triggers Ad Buy for Roy Moore

“President Trump’s endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore triggered a flood of financial support, as America First Action invested $1.1 million in advertising on television and other venues just days before a crucial special election,” the Washington Examiner reports.

“The super PAC, affiliated with Trump’s official outside group, the political nonprofit America First Policies, saw the endorsement as a signal to enter the race on Moore’s behalf.”

Meanwhile, The Hill reports the RNC has reversed course and will now also provide support to Moore.

Woman Has Evidence of Teenage Relationship with Moore

Debbie Wesson Gibson didn’t like when Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) denied their relationship when she was a teenager and he was 34, the Washington Post reports.

“Gibson said that after finding the scrapbook, she was not sure whether to make it public given the threats she received after publication of the original story. Then she heard what Moore said last week, she said, and contacted The Post.”

Said Gibson: “He called me a liar. Roy Moore made an egregious mistake to attack that one thing — my integrity.”

Trump Offers Strong Endorsement of Roy Moore

President Trump “offered a strong endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama embroiled in accusations that he had inappropriate sexual relations with underage girls,” the New York Times reports.

“While many Republicans called for Mr. Moore to drop out of the race after several women came out with their stories, Mr. Trump has defended him, saying that Mr. Moore denied the accounts and deserved to be heard.”

The Moore campaign tells Axios that Trump wrapped up his phone call to Moore saying, “go get ’em, Roy!”

Trump Fully Endorses Roy Moore

President Trump made no mistake on Twitter that he wants Roy Moore (R) to win next week’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama:

Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!

Pay Little Attention to the Alabama Polls

Politico: “Roy Moore appears to have inched back in front of Democrat Doug Jones in the latest Alabama Senate election polls, according to the oft-cited RealClearPolitics average — a change in fortune from mid-November, when sexual misconduct allegations against Moore first surfaced. The reality? No one really has a clue about where things stand with Alabama voters in the December 12 special election.”

“For all the national attention and the millions of dollars spent to win the seat, there’s relatively little public polling in the contest. Only three public surveys in the average have been conducted since the Thanksgiving holiday, and odds are you’ve never heard of two of the three pollsters. And that’s precisely the problem. The most important and closely watched election in the nation is taking place in the equivalent of a polling black box.”

G. Elliot Morris: The media stopped covering Roy Moore’s sex scandal, then he bounced back.