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Jones wins Alabama Senate race, Moore refuses to admit that
Jonathan Serrie reports on the stunning upset election.
Democrat Doug Jones great excitement in Alabama defeated Republican Roy Moore has pulled off in Tuesday’s special election, becoming the first Democrat to win election to the Senate of the deeply conservative state in 25 years.
“We’ve come this far and to have the people of Alabama, talked about,” Jones said in a victory speech in Birmingham late on Tuesday.
But in a late-night speech to the Fans, Moore refused to concede. Moore told the crowd that if “the vote is this close…it’s not over yet.”
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones, a 49.9 percent, Moore had 48.4 percent.
Moore said the campaign was looking in the “tell-determination.” Under Alabama law, a mandatory recount if a candidate wins by a half a percentage point or less.
“We also know that God is always in control,” he said.
Bill Armistead, his campaign Chairman, floated a possible recount late on Tuesday.
Other Republicans, though, already accepted the result. In a tweet, President Trump congratulated Jones on his “hard-fought victory.”
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory. The write-in votes played a huge factor, but a win is a win. The people in Alabama are great, and the Republicans still have a recording of this place in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
“Write-in votes played a huge factor, but a win is a win,” Trump. “The people in Alabama are great, and the Republicans still have a recording of this place in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
A Democrat win the special election for the seat to replace state attorney General Jeff Sessions was to be seen as only a remote possibility a few months ago.
Doug Jones, a lawyer best known for the prosecution of two members of the KKK for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, initially not believed to have a realistic chance at the seat. Alabama has not been a Democrat elected to the Senate in 25 years.
But Jones, a Birmingham lawyer famous for the persecution of the KKK, started a break, Moore was overwhelmed behavior in the last few weeks, with multiple accusations of past sexual misconduct. Moore denied the allegations during the entire race.
Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has a number of statements that he pursued a romantic relationship with a young girl while he was in his thirties — accusations that dramatically shaken up the race He denied the claims.
The Fox-News-voters-analysis, a new polling technology that Fox News is the testing for the improvement of the coverage, specified believed 51 percent of the voters on Tuesday, the accusations against Moore.
The analysis also showed that 59 percent of voters thought Jones has strong moral character, while 57 percent said Moore.
The dramatic Democratic win, to cut the GOP Senate majority of 52 to 51, further dimming Republican hopes for the adoption of important legislation with the backing of President Trump. Jones will likely sit in Congress until January.
Because he fills the rest of the sessions, term, Jones will not serve a full six-year Senate term. The seat will be up for re-election again in the year 2020.
Roy Moore, a favorite of the religious-conservative voters with a long, colorful political history, heats both and complicated his rise in Alabama.
Earlier in the day, Trump called endorsed Moore as well as other top Republicans in Washington, which will fall on the candidates out of the race, on Tuesday reaffirmed its support with the argument that Moore votes for his agenda in Congress.
“People in Alabama will do the right thing… Roy Moore will always be tweeted in coordination with us,” said the President.
Trump painted Jones as a liberal “puppet” of the democratic leader, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
“Doug Jones is the Pro-abortion, weak on crime, the military, and Illegal immigration is Bad for gun owners, and veterans and against the WALL,” Trump tweeted.
Trump won the race with 62 percent of the Alabama vote in the 2016 presidential.
Most of the attention, of the race, though, centered on the Moore. A favorite of the religious-conservative voters, he has a colorful political history, which heats up both and complicated his rise in Alabama.
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He first got national attention in the 1990s as a County, the judge, when he hung a wooden Ten commandments plaque on the wall in his courtroom.
Take advantage of his popularity after the episode, Moore then ran and won a race for chief justice of the state ‘ s Supreme Court in the year 2000. But he had been forced to remove after the refusal 5,280-pound granite Ten commandments monument from the rotunda of the state judicial building.
He is risen, his political career in 2012, becoming chief justice re-elected. However, his term in office was only short-lived once more: In 2016, Moore interrupted, as the chief justice, after the judge directed the probate not to issue marriage certificates to gay couples.
According to the sessions’ resignation, Luther Strange, the state’s former attorney General, was at times could be the appeal on the seat in a special election to take place. Weird Gov. Robert Bentley was appointed by then-and, later, stepped out of the cloud of a scandal.
In spite of approved Trump and enjoy the support of a well-funded super-PAC connected to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Strangely, went on to lose a runoff to Moore in September.
Last month, though, Moore was met with several accusations that he initiated sexual encounters with the youth, as he as a young lawyer in the 1970s.
McConnell called for Moore to drop out of the race and is investigating options for the removal of Moore from the ballot, or if a write-in alternative. He also suggested Moore before the Senate ethics Committee investigation, he had won.
Colorado sen. Cory Gardner, the Chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee, had said the Senate could remove the extraordinary step of voting to Moore, if he had won.
Alabama, the senior Republican senator, Richard Shelby, said he didn’t vote for Moore and instead wrote in the name of another Republican.
Moore, though, never subsided in the midst of the accusations, holding several rallies with Trump’s former Advisor, Steve Bannon, in the last few weeks.
“I’m not talking about the Prosecutor today,” Moore said after the arrival at his polling site in Gallant, Alabama, on Tuesday. “I’m talking about this race… the people, the answer to the allegations this evening with the voice.”
Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Willie Inman, Dan Gallo and Fox Business’ Hillary Vaughn contributed to this report
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.