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Pat Caddell: Dems, GOP Both Could Have Easily Won Alabama With Different Candidates

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By    |   Monday, 11 Dec 2017 08:25 PM

Alabama's too-close-to-call Senate race has national implications for both parties in a near-evenly split upper chamber, and both Democrats and Republicans could have easily walked away with the election with better candidates, Democratic pollster Pat Caddell told Newsmax TV.

Appearing Monday on "Newsmax Now," Caddell told host Bill Tucker not to "put a nickel" on any of the polls, which have been back and forth as Alabamians are set to choose Tuesday between Republican Roy Moore, who is facing accusations of improper sexual contact with teen girls when he was in his early 30s, and Democrat Doug Jones, who Republicans in the deeply red state accuse of supporting abortion up to the moment of birth.

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Moore has denied the allegations against him, and Jones said he favors keeping abortion laws as they now stand.

Caddell said people in Alabama are not likely to be truthful to pollsters, so relying on them in this touchy race is useless.

The last thing a Republican planning to vote for Moore is going to do is tell someone on the phone they plan to support someone his opponents accuse of pedophilia, Caddell said. Likewise, a moderate Republican who plans to vote for Jones does not want to say so, fearing his conservative Christian friends will find out he plans to vote for "a man who's in favor of abortion right up a birth of a baby."

Even without the latest accusations, Moore already was a controversial figure, having been tossed by federal courts from his position as Alabama's chief justice — first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building, and later for advising county probate judges not to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage.

Caddell told Newsmax either side in the Alabama race could have walked away with an easy win by simply nominating a better candidate.

"If the Democrats had nominated someone like the governor of Louisiana [Jon Bel Edwards] who is pro-life, pro-gun . . . conservative Democrat, this race would have been over," he said. "But they nominated this most-leftist Democrat."

But Caddell does not let Republicans in Alabama and nationally off the hook. He suggested they could have done what Democrats did in 2002 with then-New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli, who was involved in a campaign finance scandal. After persuading Torricelli to drop out of the race, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the party could replace him on the ballot with former Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Republicans in Alabama could have tried the same tactic, Caddell said, but "when it comes to stuff like this Republicans are pretty wimpy compared to Democrats."

Should Moore win, the Senate could conduct an investigation and kick him out, Caddell said, but added the sexual misconduct scandals sweeping Capitol Hill will end up leaving a lot more in their wake.

"No one will remember Roy Moore in light of what we're going to find out," he said.

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