MOBILE, Ala. — Donald Trump has agreed to record a robocall for Alabama Republican Roy Moore ahead of next week’s special election, the president’s most direct involvement in Alabama on behalf of the embattled candidate to date.
The call, according to a source close to the Moore campaign, is expected to go out to Alabama voters on Monday, a day before the election. Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice, is facing allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with teenagers when he was in his 30s.
It will be Trump’s second robocall on behalf of a candidate in two months: He also cut one for Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race, which the Republican lost.
Trump has expressed his support for Moore in tweets and during a Friday evening rally just over the state line in Pensacola, Fla. The Trump movement, he argued at the rally, could not “afford” to see Moore lose.
Yet so far the president has not ventured into Alabama on Moore’s behalf. While Trump’s approval numbers have ebbed elsewhere, he remains widely popular in conservative Alabama.
The White House has reviewed polling showing Moore with a small but steady lead, is confident that he will ultimately prevail over his Democratic opponent, former U.S. attorney Doug Jones.
Trump’s involvement in the race has infuriated senior Republicans, many of whom have withdrawn their support for Moore in light of the accusations against him.