Roy Moore battles bigotry claims on eve of Alabama vote.

'Our attorney is a Jew'. Kayla Moore denies antisemitism.

The Republican candidate Roy Moore and supporters have mounted a series of extraordinary character defenses as his US Senate race with Democrat Doug Jones headed towards a photo finish.

At a rally on Monday night, Moore’s wife, Kayla, rejected accusations of antisemitism, offering as proof: “One of our attorneys is a Jew.”

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And a war veteran claimed Moore must be innocent of accusations that he molested girls because he was once taken to a brothel in Vietnam but did not patronise it.

Jones held his final event in Birmingham, a bastion of the civil rights struggle, where he was joined by three prominent African Americans including basketball hall of famer Charles Barkley, who made a last-ditch plea to Alabama: “At some point we’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.”

The rallies came on the eve of one of the most bitterly contested Senate elections in recent history.