WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday gave his strongest endorsement yet to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, making clear that keeping the seat in Republican hands is more important to the president than the sexual misconduct charges against the former judge.
The president used a pair of tweets to urge Alabama voters to send Moore to the Senate in next Tuesday's special election, writing that Democrats' blanket opposition to the just-passed Senate Republican tax cut bill shows Moore's vote is necessary.
But Trump did not stop there, stating that Moore will side with him and Republican on a slew of issues important to GOP voters, along with an attack on Democratic challenger Doug Jones.
"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!" Trump wrote.
Several polls show Moore now leading the former prosecutor in the closely watched race, showing the GOP candidate's strategy of firing up GOP voters by casting his sexual misconduct conduct charges as a coordinated operation by the Republican establishment and mainstream media has been highly effective.
Trump is expected to travel to Pensacola, Florida, on Friday for a campaign-style rally four days before the special election. White House aides have said he is not expected to step foot in Alabama on Moore's behalf, but the Pensacola television market covers parts of the Yellowhammer State.
Many Senate Republicans have made their opposition to Moore joining their conference clear, but even moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, believes they will have to seat him if he defeats Jones. And Trump, who also has faced sexual misconduct charges, is trying to help him do just that.
Jones has drastically outraised GOP nominee Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate race, new campaign finance documents show.
Jones raised nearly six times ($10.2 million to $1.8 million) Moore's amount ahead of the Dec. 12 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones headed into the final weeks of the race with roughly four times as much money in the bank than his GOP opponent.
(Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.)
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