>> Voters in Alabama head to the polls to determine the outcome of a US Senate race that has split the Republican party and captivated national attention. I'm Andy Sullivan in Montgomery, this race has been thrown into chaos by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican Roy Moore. And challenger Doug Jones hopes to be the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate since the 1990s.
Moore showed up to vote on horseback, a tradition of his.>> It's a very important race for our country, for our state, and for our future.>> There were no gimmics when Jones cast his ballot.>> No, I don't think that Roy Moore is gonna win this election.
>> Republicans I spoke to at a polling site firmly reject accusations that Moore may have tried to date and sexually assault teenagers back when he was in his early 30s.>> I don't believe in people coming up after so many years saying something about a candidate.>> It hasn't been proven that he's did that.
So why come up 40 years from now and saying this man did all that? Most pollsters give Moore a lead in the race, but some polls show Jones ahead. The unusual nature of this election makes it difficult to forecast accurately. Jones needs strong turnout from Democrats and has mounted a major effort to get African Americans to the polls.
>> Roy Moore has a dark past. He is just too prejudiced to be a Senator.>> It's unclear whether the claims against Moore will prompt some Republicans to stay home. One we spoke with said he's switching sides and voting for the Democrat.>> Well, normally we would go with the Republican side.
But with everything going on with Roy Moore, my grandma said it would be better to go with Doug Jones.>> It’s a race with clear national implications. Trump endorsed Moore last week. So a Moore victory would strengthen Trump’s grip on the Republican party. On the other hand, a Jones victory would be a huge upset that would narrow the Republicans' already slim majority in the Senate, putting Trump’s legislative agenda at risk.