Doug Jones says win is 'new chapter' for state

Trevor Jackson
December 29, 2017

He is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in 25 years. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle", he added.

Conspiracy theories have spread in online conservative groups since the election, alleging without evidence that black voters were bussed in from other states to vote for Mr Jones.

Democrat Doug Jones's election as USA senator from Alabama was certified today, despite a lawsuit from opponent Roy Moore challenging the results.

Mr Jones defeated Mr Moore by 21,924 votes in the election on December 12 in the strongly Republican state. Moore was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago. Alabama election officials also found no evidence of voting irregularities.

An Alabama district court on Thursday rejected the Moore campaign's challenge.

The lawsuit was filed the day before officials were due to certify Mr Jones the victor - two weeks after the vote.

Moore, whose campaign filed a last-minute "election fraud" complaint on Thursday just before the results were certified just after 2 p.m. EST, claimed that widespread voter fraud had contributed to his more than 20,000 vote loss to Jones, a number that was not significantly altered by the inclusion of military and provisional ballots that were later counted.

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Prominent conservatives who allege voter fraud is more prevalent than evidence now suggests declined to add their voice to Moore's complaint. Proof of actual voter fraud was thin, and it was unlikely that a federal judge would act on it to postpone the certification of the result.

A Montgomery circuit judge at this hour is having a telephone conference with attorneys in Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch effort to stop Democrat Doug Jones from being declared the victor in the Alabama Senate election.

He refused to concede the race and filed a last-ditch lawsuit Wednesday, saying there were voting irregularities that needed to be investigated.

Court staff members say Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick scheduled the telephone conference with attorneys.

In the video, a Fox 10 journalist reporting live asked a jubilant Doug Jones supporter at an election night party why he is excited to see his candidate win. He called for a delay in the certification of the results that declared Jones officially the victor and asked for "a new special election".

Jones will now be sworn in early next month, having been the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.

Along with his lawsuit, Moore also submitted an affidavit claiming that he took a polygraph test "within days" of the special election.

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