Moore backers stand by their man


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FALLOUT IN ALABAMA — “Moore backers stand by their man,” by POLITICO’s Daniel Strauss, reporting from Birmingham, Ala.: “Roy Moore’s supporters are shocked and angry. But it’s not Moore they’re upset with. … Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama’s Senate special election, made his first campaign stop on Saturday since The Washington Post published the women’s accounts [of having relationships with Moore when they were teenagers] including one by Leigh Corfman, who said that Moore undressed her and touched her over her underwear when she was 14. Moore denied the allegations before an audience of about 100 at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills, drawing applause while casting the accounts as part of a conspiracy among the media, Democrats and the Republican establishment.” Full story here.

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— “Alabama polls show close race after Moore accusations,” by POLITICO’s Steven Shepard: “Since The Washington Post published a story online Thursday afternoon in which four women accused Moore of making romantic or sexual advances on them when they were teenagers, four polls — all conducted using less expensive methodologies — have showed the candidates roughly neck-and-neck. The most recently released survey, an automated poll from the Republican-leaning firm JMC Analytics and Polling, shows the Democrat leading by 4 percentage points.

“Jones leads Moore in the JMC Analytics poll, 48 percent to 44 percent, with 8 percent undecided or favoring another candidate in Alabama’s Dec. 12 special Senate election. The poll was conducted last Thursday through Saturday. The previous JMC Analytics survey, conducted in late September and early October, showed Moore ahead by 8 points. JMC conducts landline-only polls administered by an automated interviewer.” Full story here.

GUN SHOW — “Giffords poll: Gun policy crucial to Northam win,” by POLITICO’s Kevin Robillard: “A new Virginia poll from a leading gun control group shows Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam’s support for more restrictions on gun rights likely helped him in his election win over Republican Ed Gillespie. Exit polling showed 17 percent of voters named gun policy as their top reason for voting, and those voters split equally between Northam and Gillespie: 49 percent to 49 percent, with two percent backing Libertarian Cliff Hyra. The split is noteworthy: While public polling typically shows strong public support for various gun control measures, the intensity is typically on the side of gun rights supporters.

“A new poll commissioned by Giffords, the gun violence prevention group named after and run by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, found a similar result. In the poll, conducted by Democratic IVR pollster Public Policy Polling, 60 percent of voters said gun laws in America should be stronger, while 26 percent said they should stay the same and 13 percent said they should be weaker. Fifty-three percent said they trust Democrats more on the issue of guns, while 43 percent trusted Republicans more. Full story here.

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NEW HIRE — “DSCC brings on new political director,” by Strauss: “Devan Barber is joining the DSCC as its political director, succeeding Dan McNally, who is going to work for the Democratic media firm Shorr Johnson Magnus. Barber comes to the DSCC from the End Citizens United PAC, where she was political director. She previously served as research director for DSCC in the 2016 cycle and for then-Sen. Kay Hagan’s 2014 reelection campaign. Barber also worked on Hagan’s 2008 campaign and former President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.” Full story here.

IT’S MITT — “Utah state senator launches PAC to draft Romney,” by POLITICO’s Maggie Severns: “A Utah state senator is spearheading a new effort to rev up support for a Mitt Romney U.S. Senate bid. The state legislator, Dan Hemmert, filed paperwork with the FEC last week to create a new PAC called Recruit Romney. The PAC has some pledged donations, but its goal is not to raise millions but rather to gather signatures and names of supporters who would like to see Romney make a bid for Senate, Hemmert said.” Full story here.

LAUNCHING TODAY — Democrat Mahlon Mitchell, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, is launching his campaign for governor today. Mitchell plans to hold events in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. Per a press release, at “each event, Mitchell will be joined by local supporters — from fellow fire fighters to workers, educators, students, and small business owners who believe it’s time for change in Wisconsin.”

ICYMI — “Pro-Trump group courts donors with Cabinet access,” by Severns: “Energy Secretary Rick Perry will headline an intimate gathering of high-powered business executives in Texas [this] week for the pro-Trump outside group America First Policies, the first in a series of ’roundtable discussions’ giving donors face time with top Trump officials.

“The Houston event featuring Perry, detailed in an invitation sent to a Republican donor and obtained by POLITICO, will include roughly 30 people and cover topics from energy policy to the Trump administration’s broader agenda, America First spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said. Perry will not solicit donations from the attendees at the Monday event, which would be a violation of federal law — but America First officials plan to ask for contributions after Perry leaves the room.” Full story here.

AROUND THE MAP — Quick takes from across the country:


Massachusetts: Entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai plans to run for Senate as an independent rather than a Republican, Boston Magazine reports.


NH-02: Republican Jack Flanagan will not run for Congress in New Hampshire 2nd District, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

TX-21: Former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz announced over the weekend she’s running for Congress as a Republican in Texas’s 21st District, via Community Impact Newspaper.


California: The question of how to handle Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy is a top issue in the California governor’s race, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kansas: Both Democrats and Republicans are making the case that a moderate should be the next governor in Kansas, the Topeka Capital-Journal writes.

Texas: Democrats don’t have a “flagship candidate” to run for governor in Texas next year, the Houston Chronicle writes.

CODA — QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Look, I’m sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore’s nomination was a bridge too far,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) tweeted over the weekend.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of Morning Score misidentified End Citizens United. It is a PAC.

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