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Republican Lee Busby Announces Write-In Campaign Against Roy Moore

The Alabama Senate race, which concludes with voting on December 12, is getting crazier as the days dwindle. The national Republican Party has withdrawn support for embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore, but President Trump has continued backing Moore without using his name. As if that wasn’t enough to chew on, another Republican candidate is tossing his name in the ring as an alternate to Roy Moore, and Democrat Doug Jones. Many Alabama Republicans don’t like Moore, but they don’t want to vote for a pro-choice Democrat, either. Perhaps their answer is retired Marine Col. Lee Busby, as a write-in.

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The Daily Beast reports on Busby’s entrance to the race:

Busby told The Daily Beast on Monday he is launching his long-shot bid to stop Republican nominee Roy Moore from reaching the Senate.

“I have no idea if the allegations against him true or not, but I don’t see anything within his experience as a judge that qualifies him for the job.”

Busby said his state needs a choice other than Moore or Democrat Doug Jones.

“Alabama is not happy with the two choices we have down here. They are not appealing.”

Busby said he spent 31 years in the Marine Corps and on his last tour of duty was vice chief of staff to then-Gen. John Kelly, who is now White House chief of staff.

Since retiring, Busby has been the CEO of his own business and worked as a defense consultant and investment banker. At the same time, Busby has been honoring fallen Marines with sculptures like the one he was working on in his garage prior to his Senate announcement.

Busby stands almost zero chance of winning the race, but his entrance could help tip the race toward Democrat Doug Jones if enough Republicans peel away from Moore. There is a working campaign site for Busby, which contains instructions on how to write-in his name on the Alabama ballot.

RealClearPolitics has the race pegged as a toss-up right now, with a slight advantage for Jones.

If Busby gained any kind of traction, and it wouldn’t take much, even a couple percent of the vote, it might push the race away from Moore. This, of course, depends on how accurate the recent polls are which show the race narrowing considerably.

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted in opposition to Doug Jones, though it was largely taken as an endorsement of Moore:

This one will come down to the wire with just fourteen days to go.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • Add to the calculation that Moore is not a great campaigner. He's currently complaining about the fact that Jones has pictures of Moore's accusers on his website--calling it "dirty politics." The effect is to draw even more attention to the issue. And the "dirty politics" charge just sounds like a crybaby who has no defense.

    By the way, if you're a gambling person, you can bet on a number of things on PredictIt, the betting site. I'm not promoting it, or gambling, but it is interesting that you can bet on so many things, such as whether Moore or Jones will win or lose, and also whether the "Republican" or "Democrat" will win or lose. And the margin of victory. You can bet on the turnout. You can also bet on the percentage of the vote that will go to write-in candidates, whether Trump will campaign for Moore, and even which way individual counties will go. In full-disclosure, I personally have money on Moore winning.

    The state party is standing by him. They are not crazy about the national party, which has turned against Moore, and now, Trump has jumped in with both feet to attack Jones. Most Alabamans don't seem to care about the sexual allegations--nor that Moore continues to lie about them. So while some polls show Jones ahead, I don't see him winning.

    Note also that Fox News has a poll showing Jones far ahead. Could it be that Fox is trying to scare conservatives to the polls?

    • Fox was wrong about Trump as were the other polls. Maybe they'll get this one right. Although I wouldn't bet on it.

      • No. The polls were NOT wrong about Trump. It was just a roller coaster ride of public opinion. The only way you can determine if the polls were right was how they compare with the actual vote. The final polls were almost identical to the final outcome. The polls were NOT wrong.

    • Have you seen some proof that Moore did something? I have not and have not heard of anyone else that has.

  • Before this is done shouldn't we see some form of proof of guilt on the part of Moore. Accusations are not proof and anyone can make an accusation against anyone and this one smells from the get go. I'm not from Alabama and can't vote for anyone there, I would just like to see some sort of proof/justice before finding someone guilty.