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Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore saw a sudden spike in Russian Twitter followers


Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore’s Twitter account has seen a recent surge in Russian-language followers on the social media platform, according to The Montgomery Advertiser.

The Adviser on Monday reported that at least 1,100 Russian-language accounts followed the former Alabama Supreme Court justice in recent days.

The spike pushed Moore’s Twitter following from about 27,000 accounts last Friday to more than 47,000.

The surge also boosted Moore’s total Twitter followers past Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones, who boasts about 39,000 followers.

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“We have absolutely nothing to do with this,” Moore campaign spokesman Drew Messer said. “We’ve never purchased followers or dummy ads on Twitter.”

“We’ve asked Twitter to look into this,” he added. “This is so brand new. We’ve not done this, we’ve not purchased this, we’re not advocating for this kind of issue.”

Moore’s account was down to roughly 28,000 followers early Monday night after Twitter apparently suspended some of the suspect accounts.

The Republican’s campaign on Monday said in a statement that “Doug Jones and Democrat operatives are pulling a political stunt on Twitter and alerting their friends in the media.”

“It’s not surprising that they’d choose the favorite topic of MSNBC and the Fake News outlets – the Russia conspiracy,” it added.

“Democrats can’t win this election on the issues and their desperation is on full display.”

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Jones’ campaign on late Monday said in a statement that Moore was “embarrassing the people of Alabama with another disgusting and pathetic lie.”

“Maybe Moore should check with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, who shares his views on depriving people of their civil rights,” the statement added.

Jones and Moore are competing for a Senate seat representing Alabama ahead of a special election scheduled for Dec. 12.

The incident involving Moore’s Twitter account comes amid concerns Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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