Roy Moore sees uptick in polls ahead of 2020 Senate race

In this image, Roy Moore speaks into a microphone and waves a hand.
Roy Moore during his election night party in the RSA Activity Center on December 12, 2017. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A poll released on Tuesday found that 27% of Republicans would support Roy Moore in Alabama's 2020 Senate race, CBS reports.

The big picture: This spike in popularity seen in the Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy data could simply be due to name recognition. Moore lost former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' seat in 2017 after 4 women accused him of inappropriate touching and making sexual advances toward them when they were underage. In the aftermath, Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Mike Lee and Steve Daines pulled their endorsements of Moore's candidacy, while President Trump endorsed him whole-heartedly.

Southern Poverty Law Center dismisses co-founder

Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder, Morris Dees
Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder, Morris Dees. Photo: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama-based civil rights nonprofit known for tracking hate organizations, said Thursday that co-founder Morris Dees has been fired, but did not disclose why, the AP reports.

"As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world. When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action."
— SPLC president Richard Cohen in a statement.