- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

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

4:30 p.m.

A woman who has accused Republican Roy Moore of sexual assault reaffirmed that he inscribed her yearbook when she was a teenager and said she added a notation marking the date and place where the signing occurred.

The yearbook inscription has been presented as a key piece of evidence that the Republican Senate candidate knew Beverly Nelson. Nelson has accused Moore of assaulting her when she was 16 and he was 34.

Gloria Allred, Nelson’s attorney, said at a news conference Friday that a handwriting expert found the signature authentic.

Moore’s campaign responded Friday that Nelson’s admission that she had added the date and location has cast doubt on her entire story.

Moore, embattled by sexual misconduct accusations, faces Democrat Doug Jones in a special election Tuesday.

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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.

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