Alabama's senior senator, Republican Richard Shelby, offered a cagey answer the other day when asked who he had voted for: "I wrote in a distinguished Republican ... It was not Judge Moore."
This is Jones' great hope: that enough Republicans turned off by Moore's religious fundamentalism or the scandalous headlines will cast their ballots for somebody else. Jones would love their votes, but for most Alabama Republicans, the idea of voting for a Democrat is just too much to consider.
Writing in a candidate may be a more palatable option. Two conservative candidates — Mac Watson and Ron Bishop — are running active write-in campaigns, but they are barely registering in the polls. National Republicans turned off by Moore had talked about trying to field a more credible write-in candidate, but it never happened.
Of course, Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban always gets write-in votes in the football mad state, and some Republicans have suggested he would be the best option. But Saban is busy trying to win a national championship, so he's not running for the Senate.
If the "somebody else" vote reaches 5% or more on Tuesday, it could be critical to the outcome in a race that has seen the two front-runners separated by only about that margin in the polls.