Will Trump’s upcoming Florida rally boost Alabama’s Roy Moore?

Donald Trump at an October 2016 rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beacah Post)

President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Pensacola next Friday, his 2020 campaign confirmed Friday.

The Trump campaign says it will be the part-time Palm Beach resident’s 35th rally in Florida — but its real significance is in nearby Alabama, where voters four days later will decide a special Senate race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.

The venue for the Trump rally, the 10,000-capacity Pensacola Bay Center, is 15 miles from the Alabama border. Pensacola and Mobile, Ala., are part of the same media market. Alabama GOP Chairman Terry Latham has urged Alabamians to attend the Trump event.

Deep-red Alabama hasn’t had a Democratic senator in more than 20 years, but polls show a close race between Moore and Jones since accounts surfaced of Moore pursuing teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Moore has denied any inappropriate conduct.

The Republican National Committee and other high-profiled Republicans have withdrawn support for Moore. But Trump, who late in the 2016 campaign denied several claims of inappropriate sexual conduct, has defended Moore and attacked Jones as a liberal puppet of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“Roy Moore denies it. And, by the way, he gives a total denial. And I do have to say, 40 years is a long time,”  Trump told reporters Nov. 21 before heading to Palm Beach for Thanksgiving.

 

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