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Alabama officials certified Doug Jones' Senate win despite Roy Moore's complaint

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Updated December 28, 2017 02:21 PM EST

Alabama's State Canvassing Board on Thursday certified Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of a vacant Senate seat there despite a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) signed off on the election results declaring Jones the victor.

Thursday's outcome came after Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore's campaign's request to block the certification half an hour before the outcome was made official.

Moore's campaign on late Wednesday challenged the result of Alabama's fiercely-contested Senate election earlier this month, claiming there was evidence of voter fraud in the results.

The Republican was accused by multiple women of past sexual misconduct before Election Day, raising the stakes of the contest before Jones emerged as the winner.

Updated December 28, 2017 02:05 PM EST

Updated December 28, 2017 09:48 AM EST

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) on Thursday said that Democrat Doug Jones' win over Republican Roy Moore for a vacant Senate seat there will be made official.

"Doug Jones will be certified today at 2 p.m. eastern time, 1 p.m. central time," he told CNN.

"The governor, [Republican] Kay Ivey, our attorney general Steve Marshall and I will meet in the office of the secretary of state, in the executive office, and we will sign the documents certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama," Merrill continued.

"He will be sworn in by Vice President [Mike] Pence on the third of January when the Senate returns."

Merrill also dismissed a complaint Moore's campaign filed on Wednesday challenging the Senate race's result earlier this month on account of "voter fraud."

"What you were asking me is: will this affect anything?" he asked CNN's Alisyn Camerota. "The short answer to that is, no."

Jones bested Moore by approximately 1.5 percent about two weeks ago, but the latter has since refused to concede while contesting the election's integrity.

Roy Moore’s election campaign on Wednesday formally challenged the Republican’s loss to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race, according to a statement from his bid.

Moore’s campaign filed a complaint to have the election’s certification delayed “until a full investigation of voter fraud is conducted.”

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said Wednesday, according to AL.com.

“We call on Secretary of State [John] Merrill [R] to delay certification until there is a thorough investigation of what three independent election experts agree took place: election fraud sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election,” he added.

Moore’s campaign claimed that three national election integrity experts all concluded “with a seasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty…election fraud occurred.”

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The trio said that irregularities in Jefferson County, Alabama’s 20 precincts are enough to flip the election’s outcome.

[Moore and Alabama’s people] will suffer irreparable harm if the election results are certified without preserving and investigating all the evidence of potential fraud,” the group said in affidavits filed with the Moore campaign’s complaint Wednesday.

Moore’s complaint also mentions rumors that people were bused into Alabama from across state lines to vote for Jones.

The document also alleges that out of state IDs were accepted at some polling places in Alabama before Jones’ win there earlier this month.

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Moore added that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming that the sexual misconduct accusations against him before Election Day are “completely false.”

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Fox News on Thursday reported that the Moore campaign’s complaint came one day before Alabama’s State Canvassing Board is scheduled to certify the Senate election results.

Moore has not conceded the contest to Jones more than two weeks after the latter’s upset victory in Alabama.

Jones bested Moore by roughly 21,000 votes, according to Election Day results, making the Democrat his party’s first person to clinch an Alabama Senate seat in over two decades.

Multiple women accused Moore of sexual misconduct before Alabama’s voters cast their ballots, with one alleging he sexually advanced on her when she was 14 and he was 32.

President Trump endorsed Moore over Jones, but he has urged the former to concede the election.

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