Doug Jones and Richard Shelby are vying for the state’s first black U.S. senator

Doug Jones and Richard Shelby are vying for the state’s first black U.S. senator

Early voting begins in some Georgia counties as Warnock and Walker sprint to December 6 runoff

Updated at 7:17 am, Wednesday, November 20, 2018


GAINESVILLE (AP) — In the first part of their runoff election for Alabama Senate, the two men vying to be the state’s first black U.S. senator will do it the old-fashioned way: By knocking on doors in their rural counties, traveling by car, and making their pitch one at a time in a series of television interviews.

Their competition for the runoff is David said to be in the red, according to a Democrat-aligned group that’s already been knocking on doors in his home county of Lee and then down to his small town of Marion. The group has knocked on doors for David.

In the second phase of the Alabama U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Doug Jones has an uphill battle against fellow Democrat Doug Jones.

It’s an early preview for what could be two weeks of bitter campaigning and mud-slinging in the state, which like Alabama has the nation’s largest percentage of black voters. The winner will face Jones, who is in his second term and a U.S. representative.

Jones said Wednesday he was in talks with Republican Senate nominee Richard Shelby about a potential runoff. Shelby said he’s still considering his options but there’s a good chance he’ll run again.

Jones on Wednesday said he has confidence in the process — and he has no immediate plans to change course.

He added that he’s ready for the early vote if Shelby decides to run, which will likely be an uphill battle in an electorate that will be receptive to either candidate.

“If I have any chance of running, I’m not going to change my campaign,” Jones said. “I’m not going to change the way I’m going to run

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