Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell joined Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones today at an historic Selma church as part of a home-stretch push for Tuesday's election.
Jones, Patrick, Sewell and Selma Mayor Darrio Melton appeared outside the Brown Chapel AME Church, where civil rights marchers gathered in 1965 to begin the trek across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, is scheduled to appear with Jones this afternoon at Alabama State University.
Jones faces Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday's election. President Donald Trump reiterated his support for Moore during a rally in Pensacola on Friday night.
"We need more integrity, more grace, more patience, more understanding and better listening in all of our leaders in every level of government and most especially in Washington today," Patrick said at his appearance in Selma today. "And Alabama has a chance to regain its voice for integrity and grace. Its patience and listening. It's willingness to hear all sides and to do what's right for the good of the whole."
Patrick was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2006 and reelected in 2010. He served as assistant attorney general of civil rights under the Bill Clinton administration.
Alabama has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Richard Shelby in 1992. Shelby changed parties two years later.
"We in Alabama have worked too hard to go backwards," said Sewell, the only Democrat in Alabama's congressional delegation. "We want to be forward leaning. And there's only one candidate in this race who has earned the right to be the United States senator. We need a United States senator whose integrity and character will not be questioned on Day One."
Jones said he believes his campaign has momentum.
"This campaign has got the wind at its back because we are bringing people together from all across the state," Jones said. "We've got thousands of volunteers. People are out there working today in the cold. They worked yesterday in the snow. It's been amazing and humbling for me but it's because we care about issues that we have in common, not issues that divide us."
Jones closed his remarks in Selma with a shot at his opponent, accusing Moore of "hiding" because of Moore's limited press availabilities.
"He seems kind of like the groundhog," Jones said. "He comes out every so often to see whether or not he can see his shadow."
At today's event for the Jones campaign at Alabama State, Ashley Adams of Montgomery said she thinks Jones has a chance to overcome the recent history of Democrats losing statewide races in Alabama. Adams, a Jones supporter, acknowledged that would not be an easy feat.
"I think it's going to be a tough race," Adams said. "I have hope but I still think it's going to be a tough fight for Jones.
"I'm just trying to be realistic about what the possible outcome could be."