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U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at the end of an election-night watch party at the RSA activity center, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Moore refused to concede and raised the possibility of a recount during a brief appearance at a somber campaign party in Montgomery. "It's not over," Moore said. He added, "We know that God is still in control."(AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Roy Moore said 'immorality sweeps over the land' while refusing to concede


Republican Roy Moore on Wednesday said “immorality sweeps over the land” while refusing to concede Alabama’s closely-contested Senate special election to Democrat Doug Jones.

“We are indeed in a battle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity,” he said in a campaign video. “And the battle rages on.”

“Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty,” Moore added.

“Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Moore noted that as Alabama’s Senate contest represents a battle over “the heart and soul of our country,” his campaign would wait for a definitive tally from state officials before ending.

“In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots,” he said.

“This has been a very close race, and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state,” the former judge on Alabama’s supreme court added.

Alabama voters on Tuesday elected Jones with 50 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48 percent in a special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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The margin between the final votes was bigger than the required 0.5 percent needed for triggering an automatic recount in Alabama.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) on Tuesday called it “highly unlikely” Jones would not get certified as the winner.

Moore’s defeat in Alabama would cost Republicans a Senate seat in a state that typically remains loyal to their political party’s candidates.

Multiple women accused Moore of sexual misconduct before Election Day, with some alleging he made sexual advances upon them when they were underage teenagers.

Moore steadfastly denied the accusations, but they overshadowed his campaign against Jones and prompted multiple top figures in the GOP to abandon him.

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