Alabama voters are expected to show up to the polling stations across the state in a senate election.

United States President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore, a former Alabama judge who is under fire for child sex abuse allegations.

The president has a different stance than the majority of the Republican establishment, who have distanced themselves from the Republican candidate for Senate.

Thus far, Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones have a tightly contested race for the Senate seat.

Mr Moore has denied any allegations, in which he was accused of making the unwelcome sexual advance.

However, the scandal has increased the chance of Democrats to unseat Republicans from the Senate seat in Alabama for the first time in more than two decades.

A win for the Democrats could close the gap with the Republican party in the Senate, who currently hold only a two-seat Senate majority.

It would also bring disruption to the president’s agendas ahead of next year’s mid-term Congressional elections.

Losing another seat in the Senate would be a major setback for Mr Trump, as approval must be reached by the majority of voting members.

On the other hand, a win for the 70-year old Christian conservative would be a victory for the president, who has been throwing his support behind the Republican candidate.

The addition of Republicans in the Senate would increase the power of the Republican party to pass legislation in the Senate.

Tuesday’s election is a special election which is being held to fill the vacant Senate seat, who was previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Doug Jones and Roy Moore from The Daily Beast.

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