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The most talked about Senate race in years came to an end on Tuesday, December 12th, when the people of Alabama elected Doug Jones to the United States Senate. Jones is the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama since 1992, when Richard Shelby, then a Democrat who has since switched parties, was elected. Jones took about 49.5% of the vote to Moore’s 48.8% as of the writing of this article with 98% reporting.
The race was close all night, with pollsters wavering on who they predicted would win. The race was first called by the Associated Press just before 10:30PM ET, just two and a half hours after the polls closed in Alabama.
They announced the results in the following tweet:
BREAKING: Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 13, 2017
Roy Moore was the anticipated winner after he won the Republican Primary, beating out Luther Strange, who was supported by President Trump. Moore was supported by anti-establishment characters like Steve Bannon. In early November, just about a month before the general election, allegations came to light from at least three women that Roy Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with them when they were merely teenagers of 14-17. These allegations led to many in the GOP calling for Roy Moore to step back from the race, others to support not seating him should he win, and more. By the week of the election, President Trump had resumed supporting him, tweeting:
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
When the results shook out, Doug Jones was declared the next senator from Alabama. He will join Richard Shelby in the Senate. Richard Shelby encouraged voters to write-in a Republican. Doug Jones was born in Fairfield, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama and Cumberland Law School, and went on to become a US Attorney for the state. He was a large and instrumental in many civil rights cases in Alabama.