Roy Moore has lost the Alabama Senate race to Doug Jones. A Democrat will be representing the state of Alabama in the Senate for the first time in more than 20 years.
Doug Jones has defeated Roy Moore and will be the new junior senator from Alabama. Jones won the senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions when President Donald Trump appointed him as his Attorney General, thinking that the state was a safe Republican bet.
Just 13 months ago, Pres. Trump carried the state in a landslide, winning the 2016 presidential election by nearly 30 points. It is worth noting that the president didn’t support Moore, the eventual Republican candidate, during the primaries. The president only endorsed Moore shortly after the Washington Post published a story with allegations from women who said that Moore pursued them when they were teenagers.
Updates (more to come):
Thank you ALABAMA!!
— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) December 13, 2017
JUST IN: Roy Moore: “When the vote is this close, it’s not over. We have to go by the rules of this recount provision.” pic.twitter.com/c5fmKjUJWp
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2017
Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 13, 2017
Congratulations, Doug Jones. You were a great US Attorney, and you ran a terrific campaign. You deserve this win. It’s a win for the people of Alabama.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 13, 2017
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) December 13, 2017
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
Source close to WH: “It’s devastating for the president… this is an earthquake… Virginia but on steroids… the president has egg on his face” because of Bannon.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 13, 2017
Great article from Vox: “It’s not just scandal: Moore lost in Alabama because the GOP agenda is toxically unpopular: Republicans are now in trouble everywhere”
Thank you Alabama and thank you Doug Jones. I am so proud tonight that the great state of Alabama gave the whole country a needed renewal of hope and the first ray of light of a rising sun and a coming new day. Let’s savor this victory and then let’s get back to work. pic.twitter.com/2xJtkyyQ3u
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) December 13, 2017
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 13, 2017
More from Dan:
An earthquake has shook the nation and out of the land of the Crimson Tide comes a wave of Blue.
We will likely find out it was powered by women, minorities, and the young. Yes it was a perfect storm, with allegations against Roy Moore of child molestation. Yes, there are a lot of caveats. And yes the Democrats had a strong candidate in Doug Jones.
But let’s repeat. A year after Alabama gave their vote to President Donald Trump by nearly 30 percentage points, they have elected a Democrat to the United States Senate. If you had suggested such a development a few months ago, you would have been accused of smoking something pretty expensive.
As long as we have free elections, this country has a chance. As long as the tide of decency swells in our electorate, we have a chance. As long as people organize, and people believe, this country has a chance.
Steady, I have cautioned. Steady, is a chapter in my book. Steady is the word of the day. The great pendulum of our nation is maybe swinging its way back to normalcy.
I have been thinking that the last time I felt this way on a day to day basis might very well have been when I was a child following the daily desperate news reports on the momentous battles of the Second World War. There was a deep sense that the fate of the world hung in the balance and there were tides of optimism and despair.
But after early defeats and dark days, the great tide swung towards freedom. There were pitched battles ahead back then, but liberty emerged victorious. There is that feeling once again tonight.
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight:
Wow — a Democrat winning a Senate seat in Alabama. Hard not to think about the parallel to Scott Brown winning in Massachusetts in 2010. https://t.co/1He6fvFlEU
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 13, 2017
Tonight, Alabama voters elected a senator who'll make them proud.
And if Democrats can win in Alabama, we can — and must — compete everywhere.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 13, 2017
Roy Moore lost.
Steve Bannon lost.
Donald Trump lost.
Doug Jones won.
Mitch McConnell won.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) December 13, 2017