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Obama records robocall, urges Alabama voters to back Doug Jones

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Former President Barack Obama endorses Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones (D) with a robocall message to Alabama voters. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama recorded a robocall message that urges Alabama voters to reject Republican Roy Moore by voting for Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday's Senate election, The Hill reported.

In recent weeks, several women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Moore says the allegations are "completely false." Recent polling shows a close race, with some recent polls showing Moore with a lead, while others have shown Jones with a lead.

What does Obama's message say?

“This one’s serious. You can’t sit it out.”

"Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress," Obama said in the call, according to The Hill. "Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama."

Who is the message intended to target?

The Jones team may hope that a boost from Obama will help black turnout in the state, which will be critical to his chances at upsetting the heavily favored Moore. Jones's campaign came under fire for releasing a flyer that some voters deemed racially charged, Newsweek reported.

"Think if a black man went after high school girls anyone would try to make him a senator?” the ad asked.

Has the message been sent to potential voters?

On Sunday evening, campaign officials were still deciding whether or not to release the call, according to The Hill.

What else?

President Donald Trump also recorded a robocall, endorsing Moore, which campaign officials released to potential voters Sunday.

In the call, Trump said Jones would be weak on crime, bad for the military and a “puppet” for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The Hill reported.

Trump also held a campaign-style rally on Friday in Pensacola, Florida, where he called for voters to support Moore, CNN reported.

"We cannot afford — this country, the future of this country — cannot afford to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate. We can't afford it, folks. We can't," Trump said at the rally.

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