Democrat Doug Jones has won the U.S election to fill a Senate seat in Alabama, according to exit polls and returns – a shocking upset in a solidly Republican state, in which massive turnout among African American voters helped defeat a candidate enthusiastically backed by President Trump.
The embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
Jones, 63, is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham Baptist church, which killed four girls. The bombers were not tried until the 1990s.
Moore was removed from his position as state Supreme Court chief justice the first time after he refused to remove a boulder-sized Ten Commandments monument at the state court building. The second time, he was permanently suspended for urging state probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The people of Alabama have spoken tonight, They’ve made their voice heard loud and clear. The most important thing to remember now is the process needs to be followed to ensure that the integrity, the safety, and security of the election is preserved.
The election will be certified no earlier than Dec. 26 and no later than the Jan. 3.
If the margin is within 1%, it triggers an automatic recount. So far, Jones is leading by more than that.
However, there are still votes to be counted, including absentee and military ballots. However sources have it that Roy Moore has not conceeded to defeat.
President Donald Trump responded by congratulating Democrat Doug Jones in a tweet;
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017