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Lab Report: The Urban-Rural Divides at the Core of Alabama's Senate Race

A morning roundup of the day’s news.
Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones greets the media in Birmingham, Alabama.
Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones greets the media in Birmingham, Alabama.Marvin Gentry/Reuters

Special election: All eyes are on Alabama today as the Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones winds to a close amid ongoing controversy over sexual misconduct allegations against Moore. As with so many big issues of Trump-era politics, the contest hinges upon urban-versus-rural divides, with Jones shoring up support in Alabama’s most populous cities while Moore caters the rural vote. The New York Times reports:

San Francisco’s loss: The California city is waking up to news this morning of the sudden death of its mayor, 65-year-old Ed Lee. The well-respected civil rights lawyer, who led a number of city agencies before becoming the city’s first Asian-American mayor in 2011, had recently become known for battling President Trump over sanctuary cities issues. (Washington Post, CBS San Francisco)