Moore and Jones try to appeal to voters' faith

Several voters said they have been praying over the election to help them decide

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Both opposing U.S. Senate candidates Roy Moore and Doug Jones are trying harder than ever during the campaign to say the right things in campaign ads and speeches, as each tries to capitalize on doubts voters might have about the other.

Democrat Doug Jones' campaign attacked Roy Moore in a recent ad for teaching a law curriculum that preached "women should not be elected to public office." -- Women's issues has been an area the Jones campaign has brought up consistently over the past month, likely due to unresolved sexual misconduct accusations against his opponent.

Republican Roy Moore's has aired fewer ads and has stayed quieter on the trail during the last month than his opponent, leaving that job to his most loyal defenders such as his wife, and -- to a point -- his legal team.

The themes and scandals of this campaign have given religiously devout Alabamians something to struggle with, and few have felt comfortable talking about it.

We visited several Wednesday night church activities in the Huntsville area to find out if either candidate is succeeding with their claims they love hunting, guns and God.

Some voters said they have already cut through the noise.

"I think I had a gut feeling," said voter Ricia Garrard, who we met at a gingerbread house building fundraiser held by the Huntsville Youth Ministry. "I did some research and try to keep an open mind, and confirm that later."

It has not been that easy for other devout Christians who have been pinging back and forth, yet to settle on the republican or democrat, even though she has usually supported republican policy on social issues.

"I don't believe in his views, the republican's views," said another woman here at the fundraiser who asked not to be identified.

She said she is trying to decide whether one issue is going to trump her other concerns.

"I don't believe in abortion," she said with a sigh. "I mean, that's a real social component for me."

On Wednesday evening, at a campaign event, Doug Jones made his latest attempt to convince voters that he -- a democrat -- connects with rural conservatives.

"When you see me with a gun, I'll be in a deer stand or climbing out of a turkey blind," Jones said to the crowd, "Not prancing around on stage in a cowboy suit."


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