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Fox News poll has Doug Jones up 8 points over Roy Moore

A new Fox News poll released Thursday shows Democrat Doug Jones leading Republican Roy Moore by 8 percentage points in the Alabama Senate race.

In the poll, 50 percent of likely voters surveyed and 49 percent of registered voters in the deeply conservative state said they would vote for Jones, while 42 percent of likely voters surveyed and 40 percent of registered voters said they support Moore. The poll was conducted Nov. 13 through 15, after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, saying when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s, he made sexual advances or pursued relationships with them. Jones' lead is outside the poll's margin of sampling error of ±3.5 percentage points.

A Fox News poll conducted in mid-October had the candidates tied, and Moore was once favored to win the Dec. 12 special election for the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have been calling on Moore to drop out of the race, but he has refused, calling the accusations against him false. The usually loquacious President Trump has yet to comment on the accusations against Moore.