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Obama is begging Alabama voters to oppose Roy Moore

Former President Barack Obama is making an eleventh-hour bid for Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race against Republican Roy Moore, CNN reports. "This one's serious," the former president says in a robocall to voters ahead of Tuesday's election. "You can't sit it out."

Obama's decision to get involved pits him directly against President Trump, who has also added his voice to the high-profile race in recent weeks. The Alabama election has divided the country as even many Republicans have rejected Moore as a candidate, due to a number of women who accused him of pursuing them while they were teenagers.

"Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress," Obama adds in the call. "Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama." Obama has also campaigned in recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey, with both his candidates winning their respective gubernatorial races last month, CNN adds.

Polls show the Alabama race as a dead heat — in RealClearPolitics' average of the polls, Moore is up just 2.5 points between Nov. 27 and Dec. 10.