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These charts explain how Doug Jones won in Alabama

Exit polls help explain how Alabama elected a ...

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 8:58 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 8:58 PM

Exit polls help explain how Alabama elected a Democrat to the US Senate for the first time in 25 years.

Doug Jones' victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday came in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Republican Donald Trump last year.

The charts below show results from exit polls of more than 2,300 voters in Tuesday's election -- and they help show the makeup and thoughts of the people who decided to send Jones to Washington.

Party identification

Nearly all self-identifying Democrats -- 98% -- voted for their party's guy, Jones, and just more than half of independents picked him. But Jones also received a slice of support from Republicans -- 8% of them crossed party lines to vote for him.

In a race where more Republicans appeared to vote than Democrats (43% to 37%), Jones benefited from his edge with independents and the support he chipped from Moore's party.

Age

Younger voters (ages 18 to 44) generally went for Jones -- 61% to 38%. Older ones favored Moore (54% to 44%).

Although the older crowd voted in greater numbers (65% were 45 and older), Jones' margin of support with younger voters was larger than what Moore pulled from older ones.

Race

A majority of polled voters -- two in three -- were white. And about 68% of those white voters went for Moore.

But Jones made up for that deficit by dominating the black vote. Of the 29% respondents who were black, nearly all (96%) said they went with Jones.

Gender and race

Women made up a slight majority of voters (51%), and most of them voted for Jones (57%). Most men (56%) went for Moore.

So we've established that Jones enjoyed an advantage among black voters generally, and women voters generally. Where Jones really separated himself was among black women.

While a majority of women overall voted for Jones, nearly two-thirds of white women voted for Moore. By contrast, nearly every black woman voter (98%) who was queried in exit polls said she voted for Jones.

A vast majority of black men (93%) also went for Jones.

Education

Most voters had at least some college education, if not a degree. Among those who have at least graduated from college, Jones fared better.

The scandal

Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenage girls while in his 30s, including allegations that he molested a 14-year-old and assaulted a 16-year-old. He has denied wrongdoing.

Six in 10 voters said the allegations were a factor in their selection. Of those, 68% said they went with Jones.

Parents

Most voters (65%) didn't have children under 18 in their homes, and among this group, Moore had a slight advantage (50% to 49%).

Among the 35% voters who did have children in their homes, most (56%) chose Jones.

Jones did especially well with mothers who had children living with them. Two in three of these went for the Democrat. By contrast, most fathers who had children living with them went for Moore (56%).

The Trump/McConnell factors

Voters' opinions of Trump generally seemed to coincide with their vote in Tuesday's Senate race.

Voters appeared split on their opinion of the President -- 48% approved and 48% disapproved. Those who approved generally went with Republican candidate Moore and vice versa.

But Jones pulled more support from voters approving of Trump (9%) than Moore drew support from those who disapprove of the President (6%).

Support, or distaste, for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't seem to be as great a predictor. Two in three voters said they had an unfavorable opinion of the Kentucky Republican. Among those, Jones had only a slight edge (50% to 48%).

Among the slim percentage of voters who said they viewed McConnell favorably, Jones still pulled 46% of the vote.

Ideology

The vast majority of those who described themselves as somewhat or very liberal went for the Democrat, while most conservatives chose Moore.

But Jones also scored among those describing themselves as moderates. More than three in 10 said they were moderate, and 74% of those voters said they chose Jones.

Values

The percentage of voters who said only Jones shared their values was close to the percentage of those who said the same of Moore.

But Jones managed to get votes from a tiny amount (2%) of those who said only Moore shared their values. Moore pulled no support from those who said Jones was the only candidate sharing theirs.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 708779

Reported Deaths: 13226
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion966191721
Lake51761946
Allen39224672
Hamilton34549405
St. Joseph34157541
Elkhart27356432
Vanderburgh22081394
Tippecanoe21853212
Porter17935299
Johnson17544374
Hendricks16822310
Clark12697190
Madison12353337
Vigo12219244
Monroe11469166
LaPorte11162204
Delaware10366184
Howard9664211
Kosciusko9134114
Hancock7990139
Bartholomew7893155
Warrick7691155
Floyd7563176
Wayne6906198
Grant6844171
Boone6556100
Morgan6405138
Dubois6085117
Marshall5786108
Dearborn570376
Cass5685102
Henry5579101
Noble542683
Jackson493569
Shelby479495
Lawrence4342118
Gibson429089
Harrison428570
Clinton419753
Montgomery418086
DeKalb411184
Whitley380239
Huntington379880
Miami372865
Knox366689
Steuben365757
Putnam353160
Jasper350946
Wabash347878
Adams338052
Ripley334668
Jefferson313180
White308454
Daviess289499
Wells286481
Decatur279092
Fayette277262
Greene270785
Posey268833
Scott261153
LaGrange253670
Clay253544
Randolph235680
Washington231031
Spencer228031
Jennings225047
Fountain208845
Sullivan207942
Starke204752
Owen192356
Fulton192039
Jay186429
Carroll185920
Perry180736
Orange177853
Rush170724
Vermillion166043
Franklin165635
Tipton161043
Parke144616
Blackford133831
Pike130334
Pulaski113845
Newton104234
Brown100140
Crawford97614
Benton97113
Martin82915
Warren79715
Switzerland7698
Union69910
Ohio55811
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Cases: 1054807

Reported Deaths: 18991
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1225191356
Cuyahoga1074592069
Hamilton783261168
Montgomery50176996
Summit45557909
Lucas40298765
Butler37768570
Stark31513895
Lorain24246473
Warren23910293
Mahoning20946583
Lake20067362
Clermont19459229
Delaware18085130
Licking16149207
Fairfield15757197
Trumbull15627460
Medina14922259
Greene14706236
Clark13660293
Wood12806185
Portage12431196
Allen11352229
Richland11067198
Miami10548214
Muskingum8717127
Wayne8594209
Columbiana8569226
Pickaway8439121
Marion8390135
Tuscarawas8387240
Erie7600154
Hancock6730123
Ross6707146
Geauga6553146
Ashtabula6530165
Scioto6295101
Belmont5634158
Union558447
Lawrence5470102
Jefferson5343147
Huron5314114
Darke5273121
Sandusky5189120
Seneca5139120
Washington5087107
Athens503856
Auglaize476284
Mercer471984
Shelby456590
Knox4397108
Madison423959
Putnam421799
Ashland413488
Fulton410567
Defiance404296
Crawford3883101
Brown386955
Logan374476
Preble371098
Clinton362160
Ottawa357978
Highland347459
Williams328674
Champaign321557
Jackson308551
Guernsey307549
Perry290549
Fayette278048
Morrow275939
Hardin264764
Henry264366
Coshocton259857
Holmes253499
Van Wert239262
Pike233831
Gallia233446
Adams229152
Wyandot227553
Hocking209759
Carroll189447
Paulding168838
Meigs141738
Noble132937
Monroe128941
Morgan106823
Harrison105636
Vinton81614
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