Embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is ahead of his Democratic opponent, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The JMC Analytics poll found that 48 percent of likely voters support Moore, while 43 percent of likely voters back Democrat Doug Jones. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. It was conducted on Monday and Tuesday after President Donald Trump was vocal in his criticism of Jones.
“The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “Jones would be a disaster!”
Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with several minors, including allegedly guiding a 14-year old girl’s hand over his underwear. Moore has denied the allegations.
The JMC Analytics pollsters concluded that the “sexual misconduct allegations against Moore have not materially impacted the race.”
The allegations caused many key Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call on Moore to drop out. Senators have floated the possibility of expelling Moore from the Senate if he were to be elected.
Alabama’s special election is on Dec. 12.