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Tuberville claims he has fallen behind Jones before quickly changing story

Tommy Tuberville’s campaign seems confused about how the Republican candidate stacks up against his rival.
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 9:08 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Tommy Tuberville’s campaign seems confused about how the Republican candidate stacks up against his rival. After admitting he trailed incumbent U.S. Senator Doug Jones, Tuberville then claimed he has a huge lead.

“The latest poll shows Doug Jones with a ONE POINT LEAD over me!,” Tuberville exclaimed in a mass email sent Sunday seeking campaign donations, then re-sent on Monday. However, a few minutes after that second email Tuberville’s campaign, in yet another email, claimed the former Auburn football coach leads Jones by 15 points.

His campaign has offered no explanation for the discrepancy.

Jones released s FM3 Research poll that shows him leading last week.

“This race is a dead heat, but Senator Jones has all the momentum heading into the home stretch. (He) is winning on the issues that matter most to Alabamians—health care, bipartisanship and leading our state out of the pandemic,” said Senior Campaign Advisor Joe Trippi.

Despite that optimism, other polls have consistently shown Tuberville with a comfortable lead, mostly double digits.

“Doug Jones may be leading by one percent among undecided, independent voters in some obscure county in Alabama but he’s not leading one percent of likely voters in the state,” said Houston County Republican Party Chairman Brandon Shoupe.

In deep red Alabama, Tuberville is generally still considered the front-runner. As in the waning days of the runoff, he mostly avoids interaction with news reporters and refuses to debate Jones.

Jones has far outspent Tuberville during the campaign that will be decided November 3.

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