More than nine in 10 black voters on Tuesday chose Democratic candidate Doug Jones over GOP contender Roy Moore in the race for Alabama’s Senate seat, according to CBS News.
CBS News on Wednesday reported that 96 percent of Alabama’s black voters picked Jones the night before, compared with 4 percent who backed Moore.
The Hill on Wednesday reported that black voters make up roughly a quarter of Alabama’s eligible voting population.
Exit polls following Tuesday’s Senate special election, however, found that approximately 30 percent of the electorate was black.
The jaw-dropping turnout from Alabama’s black voters helped Jones defeat Moore in what is traditionally a devoted Republican state.
Jones on Tuesday led Moore by more than 20,000 votes with 99 percent of Alabama’s precincts reporting, making him the first Democrat to win a Senate seat there since 1992.
Moore then refused to concede the contest to Jones despite multiple media outlets calling it in the Democrat’s favor.
“When the vote is this close, it is not over,” he said in Montgomery. “Let’s go home and sleep on it and we’ll take it up tomorrow.”
“We also know God is always in control,” Moore added. “One of the problems with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light.”
President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that he was “right” Moore could not win a general election in Alabama.
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election,” he wrote, referencing Moore’s GOP Senate primary opponent in Alabama earlier this year.
“I was right!” added Trump, who endorsed Moore before Tuesday’s results. “Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”
The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Jones’ victory in Alabama marks a stinging defeat for Trump as it narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate.
Multiple women also accused Moore of past sexual misconduct before Alabama’s voters cast their ballots Tuesday.
Moore staunchly denied the allegations, but they resulted in several top Republicans abandoning all support for his campaign.
Several of Moore’s accusers claimed that he made sexual advances on them when they were underage teenagers and he was in their 30s, including one woman who said she was 14.