Wild Senate race has nothing on past Alabama elections

In this June 11, 1963 file photo, Gov. George Wallace carries out his promise to stand in the doorway to prevent integration at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. At right, Nicholas Katzenbach, deputy attorney general of the United States, listens to Wallace. The wild Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is only the latest odd political campaign in Alabama. Wallace won that race in 1962 and later promised "segregation forever" at his inaugural, ushering in a dark period of racial politics. (AP Photo, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Is the U.S. Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones the oddest campaign ever in Alabama? Hardly.

In a race polls showed was too close to call before Election Day, Moore has had to deny decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. But that makes the race only the latest in a string of astonishing campaigns in the state.

Alabama, after all, is a place where older voters still remember a political assassination and a giant who seemed to be drunk on live TV. Here's a look at some of the state's most notable elections:


Phenix City, Alabama, once known as "Sin City of the South," was the setting for what may be the most infamous episode in state politics.