The Latest: Alabama Senate Candidate Jones Seeks Black Votes

Most of Ala. Democratic Base is Black

by: The Associated Press
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SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate Race in Alabama (all times local):

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2:30 p.m.

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is continuing his outreach to Black voters in his U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore.

Doug Jones, second from left, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, waves to a supporter as he walks in a Christmas parade, Saturday, Dec, 2, 2017, in Selma, Ala. Jones is trying to shore up support among black voters in his U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore by appealing for an end to the divisiveness that has long been part of the state’s politics. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Jones on Saturday marched in the Christmas parade in Selma, where events in 1965 helped spur the U.S. Voting Rights Act that secured voting rights for African-Americans.

The outreach is important because the state’s Democratic base is composed mainly of Black voters, who account for 23 percent of the state’s registered voters. Jones also needs to peel away moderate GOP support from the deeply conservative Moore.

Jones says his focus on pocketbook issues will appeal to all voters, including African-Americans in economically depressed Selma. In previous stops, he’s highlighted his experience prosecuting Ku Klux Klansmen in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls.

Alabama hasn’t elected a Democratic senator in 25 years, and Republicans hold all statewide offices.

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2:30 a.m.

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is trying to shore up support among Black voters in his U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore.

Jones held an event at a predominantly Black Montgomery church Friday night after stops in heavily black areas of east Alabama.

The outreach is important because the state’s Democratic base is composed mainly of Black voters, who account for 23 percent of the state’s registered voters. Jones also needs to peel away moderate GOP support from the deeply conservative Moore.

Jones is talking about economic issues during campaign stops, and he’s highlighting his experience prosecuting Ku Klux Klansmen in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls.

Alabama hasn’t elected a Democratic senator in 25 years, and Republicans hold all statewide offices.

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