To almost all observers, Judge Roy Moore has been defeated in his bid for Senator from Alabama. The Judge is going to ask for a recount. It is his privilege under Alabama law. The chances of overturning the vote count seem very slim. In the meantime, Democrat Doug Jones is claiming victory. Is this a bellwether for 2016?
As Written By Heather Sells for CBN News:
The reliably red state of Alabama appears to have gone blue, at least for one race. Democrat Doug Jones is declaring victory in a special Senate election, leading by one and a half percentage points.
So far, however, Republican Roy Moore is not conceding, despite trailing Jones by more than 20,000 votes.
“When the vote is this close then it’s not over,” Moore said Tuesday night. “Wait on God and let the process play out.”
The Alabama Secretary of State says it’s highly unlikely that a recount would change the outcome, but state law allows any candidate to call for one.
Even the president is acknowledging that Jones won, tweeting his congratulations while noting that Republicans will get another chance in Alabama very soon.
The next election for this seat, left open unexpectedly by the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to become Attorney General, comes in 2020.
What happened in Alabama is a shocker for both parties. The president won the state by 28 points just over a year ago. Both candidates and many voters say the allegations of sexual abuse against Moore were a significant factor in the Senate election.
“The problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light,” said Moore.
Jones told his supporters, “This entire race has been about dignity and respect.”
Jones picked up support from African-American voters, young people and ……
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