Why 29 percent of Alabamians say the allegations against Moore increase their support for him.

A new poll put Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Alabama, up against Judge Roy Moore. But buried in the poll is a finding that ricocheted through liberal Twitter on Sunday: 29 percent of Alabamians say the allegations that Moore pursued a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old make them more likely to vote for him. Among self-identified Christian evangelicals, it’s 37 percent.

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It’s worth treating this skeptically. The question was, “Given the allegations that have come out about Roy Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct against four underage women, are you more or less likely to support him as a result of these allegations?” There’s no option to answer, “I don’t believe the allegations against Roy Moore,” though that’s clearly the dominant position among Moore’s defenders.

So the 29 percent telling pollsters the allegations increased their enthusiasm for Moore aren’t saying, “Huzzah, finally a pedophile candidate!” They’re saying, “Your fake news won’t destroy a good man.” Dinesh D’Souza is a bad joke these days, but he expresses the underlying sentiment pithily:

I was lukewarm on Roy Moore until the last-minute smear. Now we must elect him to show that the @washingtonpost sleaze attack failed

— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 12, 2017

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