The Alabama Senate special election shouldn't have even been close. President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 28 points in the state, and one of the reasons Jeff Sessions was chosen to be Attorney General was because the Republican Party thought his Senate seat would be easy to defend.
But allegations that GOP candidate Judge Roy Moore had made improper contact with teenage girls changed the race. Both Moore and his Democratic challenger Doug Jones tried to keep the race focused inwardly on Alabama, even as both of them brought in outside help. While Moore had Trump strategist Steve Bannon stump for him, Jones welcomed former Vice President Joe Biden and a slew of African-American political leaders to the campaign. But they both seemed to know that this race would ultimately be decided by the people of Alabama, on their own terms, for their own reasons.
VICE News was on the ground in Alabama talking with voters about the choice they were facing in the final days — and even hours — before Jones eked out a knife-edge win.
This segment originally aired December 11, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.