Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones visited a major site of the civil rights movement Saturday to rally black voters to his side as he campaigns for the Senate seat.
Jones participated in Selma’s annual Christmas parade in an effort to reach out to black voters as the race between he and Republican opponent, Roy Moore, gets closer to the Dec. 12 election day, reported The Associated Press.
Jones needs heavy support from the black community to beat Moore for Attorney General Jeff Session’s old seat, so Jones spent the past couple of days hosting fish fries and giving speeches emphasizing a case he fought against the Klu Klux Klan to win over Alabama’s black voters.
“The place where the civil rights movement truly began with one heroic seamstress who would not give up her seat. And Rosa Parks changed not only Montgomery, she changed Alabama, she changed the country, she changed the world,” Jones said at one event. “It started out here. I’m very humbled and honored to have played a part in the civil rights saga, if you will, many years after the fact.”
Moore, despite allegations of sexual misconduct with minors, has a 2.5 percentage point lead in the latest polls. Though fellow Republicans have called on the former judge to step down from the race, Moore refuses, saying the allegations against him are false. The Republican candidate has also threatened to sue The Washington Post over its report on the allegations against him.