Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race against Roy Moore

Doug Jones is Alabama’s next United States Senator, in a red state that hasn’t had a Democratic senator since 1997.

Jones beat his Republican opponent Roy Moore, who has a past of sexual misconduct and archaic world views, in a special election to replace former Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Check out the scene as Doug Jones supporters found out he won. #ALSen pic.twitter.com/AVswnqSjDr

— Reckon (@reckonalabama) 

“At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect,” Jones said in his victory speech on Tuesday night. “This campaign has been about the rule of law. The campaign has been about common courtesy and decency.”

Moore is not conceding that he lost the election, despite even President Donald Trump sending congratulations to Jones.

Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Roy Moore refuses to concede: “When the vote is this close, it is not over” https://t.co/BOXSrjZR9d https://t.co/YbLoUSbUqb

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) 

The two competitors were perfect opposites, and Alabamians had their say with turnout that almost doubled expectations of the state’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

Jones is a former prosecutor famous for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members who murdered four African-American girls in Birmingham in a 1963 church bombing. Moore is a devout Christian who was removed from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He was also accused (and denied all accusations) of making sexual advances on several young women under the age of 18 while he was in his 30s.

For a while, the RNC distanced itself from Moore and President Donald Trump avoided talking about Moore for the most part. But last week, Trump switched to eagerly endorsing Moore and even held a rally in Pensacola, Florida, just over the Alabama border, for him. The RNC also began to fund Moore’s campaign again.

This tightens the margin in the U.S. Senate, with 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

The Senate will now be 51–49 Republicans. Democrats have found their elusive 3rd Senate pickup. They can now flip the chamber by winning Nevada & Arizona.

— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) 

This is just the latest — but perhaps the most shocking — splash in a Blue Wave across America. Progressive and Democratic leaders have been elected into office at the state and national levels throughout 2017.

2017 scoreboard:

—Dems gain 1 U.S. Senate seat (AL)

—Dems gain 1 governorship (NJ)

—Dems gain 1 chamber (WA Senate)

—Dems gain full control in 2 states (NJ, WA)

—Dems sweep VA statewide

—no change in U.S. House

—Dems pick up 32 leg seats, GOP pick up 4

—Maine expands Medicaid

— Taniel (@Taniel) 

Jones’s win can be credited to extremely high turnout rates among the African American population in the state.

The last Democratic senator was Howell Heflin, who was elected to the Senate in 1978 and left in 1997.

Former elected officials like former Vice President Joe Biden congratulated Jones.

Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.

Others commented on the Democratic win.

We won. Thanks for your concern. https://t.co/uM6x8hlUHQ

— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) 

No matter what happens today the Republican Party supported a bigot accused of molesting children because they wanted to cut taxes for the rich. That stain will never go away.

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) 

Sen. John McCain’s daughter and Fox News host Meghan McCain also contributed some kind words for Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who pushed for Moore’s candidacy.

Suck it, Bannon

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) 

But Jones, who has held his head high throughout the campaign, ended his speech on a high note for Alabamians:

“Tonight, you have bent that moral arc a little closer to justice.”