Former Chief Justice Roy Moore‘s Senate bid is not going well. According to The Daily Caller, his campaign fundraising numbers are dismal when compared to his Alabama competitors.
Moore announced his Senate bid on June 20. Since then, his campaign has raised only $16,963 in campaign contributions. This was revealed in documents filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission. Over the course of the campaign fundraising cycle, which ended on June 3oth, all the other Republican Alabama candidates raised far more.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is a challenger of Moore who started is campaign five days after him. Despite starting almost a week later, Merrill has been able to acquire over ten times more through fundraising. His campaign has raised $217,162 and is not even the leader in the campaign fundraising cycle.
Republican competitor Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn football coach, kicked off his campaign on April 6. However, since June 20, his campaign has raised over $200,000. According to his campaign documents, most of these donors gave more than $200.
The first Alabama candidate to enter the race was U.S. Representative Bradly Byrne. He started his campaign on February 20 and so far has raised $321,737. Some later campaigners include State Senator Arnold Mooney and Stanley Adair. Mooney entered the race on May 6 and has raised nearly $300,000 so far. Adair, a former TV host with no political experience at all, has raised over $130,000 since starting his campaign in April.
Moore, Merrill, Tuberville, Byrne, Adair, and Mooney are all vying to challenge Democratic Alabama Senator Doug Jones. However, according to FEC filings, Jones has raised $1.8 million over the last quarter.
In 2017, Moore lost in a special election against Jones. This election was held after allegations surfaced that he had pursued inappropriate relationships with multiple underage girls in the 1970s and 1980s. At the time, he was in his 30s. Nine women spoke out against Moore.
Even top Republicans have critiqued Moore, saying that he should not run. While they do not seem to take issue with the allegations which forced him to step down, they do take issue with the fact that he is deeply unpopular.
Donald Trump tweeted about how he feels that Roy Moore could only lose.
…If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. even told Moore to “ride off into the sunset” on Twitter.
“You mean like last time?” Trump Jr. tweeted in May. “You’re literally the only candidate who could lose a GOP seat in pro-Trump, pro-USA ALABAMA. Running for office should never become a business model. If you actually care about #MAGA more than your own ego, it’s time to ride off into the sunset, Judge.”
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