Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday encouraged Alabamians to vote and “reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance” in Tuesday’s special Senate election.
“I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right. These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance,” Rice said in a statement published by AL.com.
Rice, a native of Birmingham, Ala., called Tuesday’s election “one of the most significant” in the state’s history.
“It is imperative for Americans to remain focused on our priorities and not give way to side shows and antics. I know that Alabamans need an independent voice in Washington. But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent, and respectful of the values we hold dear,” Rice said.
The Hill added:
Embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are vying to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
A Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Jones trails Moore by 2.5 points just one day before election day.
The race has drawn significant national interest, particularly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Moore. Multiple women have alleged he made advances to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Last week, President Trump openly and fully endorsed Moore despite hesitation and pushback from some GOP lawmakers, strategists and donors. Trump also recorded a robocall urging voters to support Moore.
Former President Barack Obama recorded a robocall for Jones, calling him “a fighter for equality.”