Roy Moore disappeared from the campaign trail. He is nowhere to be seen.
In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat, the Republican candidate has all but vanished from the public, continuing a pattern of absence that took hold after allegations of abuse, assault, harassment and misconduct with nine women surfaced against Moore in early November.
“I think it’s extremely odd that for the better part of that campaign, we have seen his spokespeople, his campaign manager and his surrogates,” said Angi Horn Stalnaker, a Republican consultant who has run races against Moore in the past. USA TODAY
So why disappear just days before the election? There could be a wide variety of reasons ranging from:
Moore has nothing to worry about and does not want to blow his changes to Moore is not physically able to endure the rigors of the campaign.
Whether the absence has any effect on Moore’s chances remains to be seen. The Real Clear Politics polling average Saturday found Moore up 3.8 points over Jones, and no Democrat has won a statewide election in Alabama since 2008.
“The Moore campaign is more worried about their base than persuading any new voters at this point,” said Lance Hyche, a Republican consultant. “They’re probably in the same school as President Trump. He spends a lot of time worrying about his base.”
David Mowery, a Montgomery political consultant who managed Democrat Bob Vance’s campaign against Moore in 2012, said Saturday that Moore might be running a variation of a “front porch” campaign, perhaps a sign they feel in the lead.
“When you’re ahead, or you’re the perceived favorite, why give your opponent a chance to ding you?” he said. “It’s kind of smart, and we’re being swarmed by national media.” USA TODAY
Therefore, logically speaking, laying low may be a smart thing so Moore does not say anything extreme or stupid that may impact the race. This is particularly true since Moore may believe he has the lead and does not want to attract controversy to blow that lead.
We will find out what happens on Tuesday.