Biden predicts 'ripples throughout the country' if Democratic Senate candidate pulls off upset


(Doug Jones and Joe Biden.AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Former Vice President Joe Biden predicted Tuesday that Alabama's Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones will pull off an unlikely upset victory in December and "send ripples throughout the country."

Democrats are hoping that conditions might be right to pull off a win in deep-red Alabama, and Biden was the first major Democratic Party star to head to the state to campaign for Jones, a former US attorney and a longtime friend of Biden's. Jones is set to face off with controversial former Alabama state supreme court chief Justice Roy Moore, who secured the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat last month.

"When he wins this race it will send ripples throughout the country," Biden said to loud cheers. "But don't do it for that reason. Do it for Alabama."

"I can count on two hands the people I've campaigned for that have as much integrity, as much courage," he later said of Jones, adding that he "helped remove 40 years of stain and pain from this state" with his prosecution of Ku Klux Klan members who bombed a black church and killed four young girls in 1963.

Biden, who called Moore an "extremist," added that "this state has changed."

"Doug said, 'no more,'" he continued. "The Klan needed to know that justice would follow them to the gates of hell if need be."

In his own speech, Jones proclaimed that he is "on the right side of history."

"They have told me time and again that this race is a long shot," Jones said. "Well, folks … When you are on the right side of history and the right side of justice you can do anything."

Some recent polls have shown a tight race between Moore and Jones. One survey from Decision Desk HQ found Jones trailing Moore by roughly five points while a Tuesday JMC Analytics poll found Jones trailing by eight points. But in an Emerson College poll prior to Moore's primary victory over Republican Sen. Luther Strange, the former chief justice held a more than 20-point lead.

As a result, national organizations are waiting to determine just how heavily they want to deploy resources. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is "closely monitoring the race," an official told Business Insider. The organization is "in ongoing communication or working closely with the Doug Jones campaign," in addition to "providing strategic staffing and communications support."

The Democratic National Committee, on the other hand, has shared its voter file with Jones and is assisting him with staffing, The Washington Post reported.

But Democrats who spoke with Business Insider say certain questions need to be answered before they deploy further resources. That includes figuring out why attacks against Moore from Republicans did not work. Strange, with the backing of the GOP establishment, outspent Moore by a 15-to-1 margin. Yet even as President Donald Trump rallied for and endorsed Strange, Moore was able to cruise to a substantial victory.

"I mean, special elections are when surprises happen," Zac McCrary, a pollster for ALG Research and a former communications director for the Alabama Democratic Party, told Business Insider.

"Doug Jones is an underdog, Scott Brown was an underdog in the Senate race in Massachusetts in 2009. John Bel Edwards, now the governor of Louisiana, was an underdog most of that campaign. ... So I do think there are several factors that make this have the real potential to have a genuinely competitive race, which runs counter to some of the expectation."

NOW WATCH: Trump once won a lawsuit against the NFL - but the result was an embarrassment


More Related News

U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom
U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal marked a victory

Alex Jones Is Making Roy Moore Election Conspiracy Theories Even Nuttier
Alex Jones Is Making Roy Moore Election Conspiracy Theories Even Nuttier

Alex Jones has piled on to a far-right conspiracy theory that out-of-state voters were bused in to steal Alabama's special Senate election for Democrat Doug Jones, who beat Republican Roy Moore earlier this week.

Trump Says Republicans Are
Trump Says Republicans Are 'Very, Very Close' on Tax Deal

Senate and House negotiators are very close to a deal on compromise legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, teeing up a push by Republicans to get the bill ...

The Latest: Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat
The Latest: Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump
Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump
  • US
  • 2017-12-13 03:42:41Z

Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, U.S. media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The stunning upset by Jones makes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Economy

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.