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

Biden: World leaders call me to interpret Trump
Biden: World leaders call me to interpret Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday 14 world leaders have sought him out for insight into President Trump. One European prime minister, describing Trump pushing the president of Montenegro out of his way at a NATO summit, compared him to "Il Duce," a moniker for the 20th-century Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, Biden said.

Trump issues warning to McCain after senator
Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy. Trump said in a radio interview ...

Tesla fired hundreds of workers after bad performance reviews - here
Tesla fired hundreds of workers after bad performance reviews - here's how common that really is

A former Tesla employee told Reuters "about 400 people" in a range of positions were shown the door. As Business Insider's Bryan Logan reported, Tesla declined to confirm how many people were fired. Business Insider spoke to experts who said the firings at Tesla are hardly indicative

Former GOP Rep. David Jolly: 'We Might Be Better Off' If Democrats Win The House
Former GOP Rep. David Jolly: 'We Might Be Better Off' If Democrats Win The House

A former Republican lawmaker says the nation might be better off if Democrats win back the House of Representatives in next year's midterm election to help keep President Donald Trump in check.

Hillary Clinton warns Britain on potential trade deal with Trump
Hillary Clinton warns Britain on potential trade deal with Trump
  • World
  • 2017-10-15 12:56:41Z

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cautioned Britain on Sunday over its push to secure a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump after it leaves the European Union. Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate who lost out to Trump in last November's election, also said Britain would

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.