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Roy Moore supporters co-opt 'DearAlabama' social media campaign

Roy Moore supporters co-opt 'DearAlabama' social media campaign
'DearAlabama' is the top trend on US twitter, with an avalanche of posts calling for people to vote against – and for – the Republican candidate Roy Moore in the special Senate election.

Alabama voters will choose a candidate on Tuesday to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  

Vying for the seat is Roy Moore, a 70-year-old Republican who was twice ousted as state Supreme Court chief justice after flouting federal law, and has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

The other candidate is Democrat Doug Jones, 63, a former US attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for killing four black girls in a 1963 Birmingham church bombing.

Ordinarily, the battle for the seat wouldn’t attract much attention, as Alabama voters haven’t had a Democratic senator since 1992. However, with Republicans having a slim majority in the Senate of 52 to 48, voters are hearing from President Donald Trump in support of Moore, and his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama weighing in with last-minute robocalls to try and sway voters.

The 'DearAlabama' began as a campaign critical of Moore on social media:

It was quickly co-opted by supporters of the Republican candidate, however.