Earlier in December, a special election was held for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Major media networks declared Democrat Doug Jones the winner on election night, but Republican Roy Moore refused to concede.
Judge Moore recently filed a lawsuit attempting to keep Jones from being officially certified by the state of Alabama. The request was denied by a state judge on Thursday, allowing the state’s election board to declare Jones the winner.
In the suit, Moore had requested “a new special election” arguing voter fraud, but the charge had little merit. The official ballot count released by the state shows Jones ended up with over 20,000 more votes than his GOP opponent — 50 percent to Moore’s 48.3 percent, with write-ins accounting for just under two percent of the total vote.
Moore still remains defiant, however, continuing to insist on the illegitimacy of the vote, citing “election fraud experts across the country”.
“That’s what we’ve got to do, is wait on God and let this process play out.” he said after reciting a passage from Psalms 40.
— Mike Cason (@MikeCasonAL) December 28, 2017
With the path to Washington finally clear for Jones, Alabama has taken a step in the right direction. Throughout Moore’s campaign, nine women in the Yellowhammer State came forward to accuse Moore of molesting and raping them, some of whom were underage at the time.
The accusations spread like wildfire throughout the state, which was bound to have a large effect on the turnout of Republican voters.
President Trump has even congratulated Jones on Twitter for his victory, stating that “a win is a win”. With the president admitting that Doug Jones won the election fair and square, it seems that it’s the right time for Moore to give up on a losing battle.
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