- Larry Downing/Reuters
- Former president Barack Obama recorded a robo-call for Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones who is facing Republican Roy Moore in a special election on Tuesday.
- Democratic officials said that Obama had recorded the message the same time President Donald Trump recorded a message supporting Moore.
After President Donald Trump announced his official endorsement of Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and recorded a robo-call for him, former president Barack Obama is reportedly following suit with a recorded call supporting Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, less than 24 hours before Alabama voters head to the polls.
“This one’s serious,” Obama said in the call, according to CNN. “You can’t sit it out.”
“Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress,” Obama continued. “Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama.”
Democratic officials said that Obama had previously recorded the message, which was primarily aimed at black voters, at the same time Trump had recorded his call for Moore’s campaign, according to CNN. But Jones appeared to be unaware that robo-calls from Obama were being placed in Alabama.
“I’m going to be honest with you guys,” Jones said during a press conference Monday. “There are robo-calls that have been recorded that I’m not sure [which] calls been going out there.”
“The only robo-call that I know for a fact that was recorded … was the one my wife did,” Jones continued.
The final campaign dash from both parties comes on the eve of a special election that has gripped the nation, following Moore’s ongoing sexual harassment scandal which first made waves last month. According to a RealClearPolitics average of several polls conducted in the past two weeks, Moore appears to be ahead of Jones by about two percentage points.