Last Push in the Wiregrass: Why Roy Moore Is Spending Election Eve in Southeast Alabama


DOTHAN, Alabama — The night before what will perhaps be the most nationally significant election in the 198-year history of the state of Alabama, U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore will be hosting a rally at Jordan’s Activity Barn in Midland City, AL, deep in the heart of Alabama’s Wiregrass region. That region, which stretches beyond the state boundaries into Georgia and Florida, is named for the type of grass native to the area that can grow underneath a canopy of pine trees and is located around Alabama’s largest southeastern city of Dothan. Of Alabama’s five designated-market areas, the Wiregrass’ Dothan is by far the smallest in population. But it is also where Moore had the strongest showing in his September runoff against incumbent Luther Strange. Moore’s outdid Strange in the vote tally by a 2-to-1 margin in the Dothan market. That was also similar to the 2016 presidential election, where Donald Trump outperformed Hillary Clinton by 2-to-1 as well. Given those numbers, it is the most Republican part of conservative Alabama. It is where Moore will have to have a clear sizable portion of the vote if he is to come out ahead on Tuesday. Monday night, Moore will rally

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