Jones highlights Alabamians disapproving of Moore in new ad

Democrat Doug Jones launched a new TV ad that highlights Republicans saying they can’t support GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore following the bombshell allegation that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was 32.

The 30-second spot features both Republicans and Democrats saying that they can’t back Moore, calling him “divisive” and saying they don’t trust him. One voter notes that Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice, was removed from office twice.

“I’m a lifelong Republican, but I just can’t do it,” one man says in the ad, referring to voting for Moore.

ADVERTISEMENTThis is the first ad from Jones’s campaign since The Washington Post reported on the allegations against Moore. Prior to the TV spot, the Alabama Democrat has largely kept quiet, trying to focus on “kitchen-table issues” and only addressing the allegations when asked by reporters.

The ad comes as pressure mounts on Moore to drop out of the race. Some Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.), have called on him to immediately step aside.

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior faces legal scrutiny for keeping controversial acting leaders in office | White House faces suit on order lifting endangered species protections | Lawmakers seek investigation of Park Police after clearing of protesters The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ MORE (R-Colo.), chairman of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, went even further on Monday, saying the Senate should expel Moore if he wins.

But Moore has said he won’t withdraw from the race and has repeatedly denied the allegations. Even if he were to drop out, his name would still appear on the ballot under state law.

Alabama’s special Senate election will be held on Dec. 12.

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