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Alabama AG asks federal officials to investigate tactics used in 2017 Senate race

Democrat Doug Jones (left) beat Republican Roy Moore in 2017 for a US Senate seat from Alabama.
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Democrat Doug Jones (left) beat Republican Roy Moore in 2017 for a US Senate seat from Alabama.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama attorney general is not investigating reports of online fakery in the 2017 Alabama Senate race after determining it is an issue for federal election regulators.

Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office has asked the Federal Election Commission to ‘‘investigate the matter to determine if any federal laws were violated,” his spokesman said Monday.

The Washington Post and New York Times reported incidents of misleading online tactics by a social media researcher and others during Democratic Senator Doug Jones’s 2017 campaign against Republican Roy Moore. Operators posed as conservative voters on Facebook.

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Marshall previously said he was evaluating the reports. Spokesman Mike Lewis wrote in an e-mail that they evaluated reports of possible deception and ‘‘determined the matter to be under the exclusive jurisdiction’’ of the FEC.