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Alabama Senate Race Garnering International Attention

Mobile, AL (WKRG) -- Tuesday night, the eyes of the political world will once again be on Alabama for a big rally for Republican Candidate Roy Moore. It's an event that will also be watched around the world.

News crews from around the US were getting set up this morning at Oak Hollow Farms in Fairhope for Tuesday's rally. Even the international press, like Canada's CBC and France's Le Monde, are taking an interest in the race. Le Monde DC Bureau Chief Gilles Paris says it's driven by an international fascination with President Trump.

"I would say the French people are still trying to understand did vote for him because he seems to be so divisive," said Paris.  Paris was sitting in on FM Talk 1065's noon talk show Tuesday. He says, while most people in France don't know who Roy Moore is, the candidate is becoming a character in American politics.

"[The people of France] will be very surprised to see such a candidate is able to reach the Senate to be elected next week.  Radio host Sean Sullivan says the Alabama race is taking up so much bandwidth because there aren't other big political stories this time of year and the nature of the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore helped amp the coverage.

"It makes it easier for audiences to understand elsewhere it's not just so narrow to Alabama politics it's this idea of hypocrisy, whether it's true or not that's the question but the idea of hypocrisy sells with news groups outside of our state," said Sullivan.  Sullivan argues Alabama has never had this much coverage of an election and the international coverage rivals what we saw seven years ago in the BP oil disaster.


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