“I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us.— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017
We have shown the country the way forward.”
Doug Jones, election night victory.
“At the end of the day this entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has about the rule of law.— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017
This campaign about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state gets a fair shake”
Doug Jones, election night victory.#RightSideOfHistory
“On a very personal level, I want to thank each of you for fulfilling a lifelong dream to serve in the U.S Senate.— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017
We have work to do in this state.
Thank you all, god bless you.”
Doug Jones, election night victory.#RightSideOfHistory pic.twitter.com/mpgFGAqofg
In a stunning victory, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. It was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided Republican Party.
The victory by Jones, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing, narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. That imperils already-uncertain Republican tax, budget and health proposals and injects tremendous energy into the Democratic Party’s early push to reclaim House and Senate majorities in 2018.
Still, many Washington Republicans viewed the defeat of Moore as perhaps the best outcome for the party nationally despite the short-term sting. The fiery Christian conservative’s positions have alienated women, racial minorities, gays and Muslims — in addition to the multiple allegations that he was guilty of sexual misconduct with teens, one only 14, when he was in his 30s.
A number of Republicans declined to support him, including Alabama’s long-serving Sen. Richard Shelby. But Trump lent his name and the national GOP’s resources to Moore’s campaign in recent days.
Had Moore won, the GOP would have been saddled with a colleague accused of sordid conduct as Republicans nationwide struggle with Trump’s historically low popularity. Senate leaders had promised that Moore would have faced an immediate ethics investigation.
Jones takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January of 2021.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.