The Latest: Moore compares himself to Trump's in new ad

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Posted: Dec 08, 2017 2:53 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama race for U.S. Senate. (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Republican Roy Moore is likening himself to President Donald Trump in a new ad ahead of Alabama's Senate election.

Moore is locked in a heated contest against Democrat Doug Jones in what is normally a safe seat for Republicans.

In one ad, Moore says the same "Washington insiders" who tried to stop Trump are also trying to stop him.

Jones also is making his final push to get voters to the polls on Tuesday. Supporting him with free concerts Saturday night are St. Paul and The Broken Bones, and Grammy-winner Jason Isbell. St. Paul and The Broken Bones will play in Birmingham and Isbell in Huntsville.

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2:25 a.m.

Roy Moore has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics.

But on the ground in Alabama, some believe the Republican Senate candidate is poised to win the state's special election on Tuesday in a race that features extraordinary parallels with President Donald Trump's White House run one year ago.

Against all odds, Moore has so far weathered sexual misconduct allegations while applying the same unorthodox playbook that many political operatives said wouldn't work for anyone but Trump.

Like Trump, Moore speaks unscripted. He skimps on fundraising. He undervalues get-out-the-vote efforts. And he attacks the leaders of his own political party without mercy.

Political observers say each man has been successful, at least in part, by converting their shortcomings into political strength as an anti-establishment fervor swept through the electorate.