Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in Alabama, secures Senate seat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones has scored a stunning win against Republican Roy Moore to win the Senate seat in Alabama, CNN projects.

The dramatic win comes after allegations against Moore of sexually abusing teens and his history of controversial comments about women and minorities. It will be enough for a reliably red state to elect its first Democratic senator in a generation.

A Jones win will trim the Republican Senate majority to 51-49 and deals a major blow to President Donald Trump, who has backed Moore amid the national conversation over sexual misconduct.

Exit polls were virtually split as to whether voters believed the allegations against Moore: 49% said they were probably or definitely true while 45% said they were probably or definitely false. A majority of the electorate, 57%, decided who to support before news of Moore’s alleged child molestation and sexual assault broke in November.

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At Moore’s election night party in Montgomery, supporters milled around nervously as a saxophone-playing ally’s music blared and the New York Times’ results page — scrolled down far enough to remove the newspaper’s logo — was displayed on a projection screen.

Moore had entered the room to shake hands, but left without speaking. Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has cast the race as a battle against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who withdrew his support for Moore after the sexual allegations, was also on hand.

Moore — following his Election Day tradition — arrived at his polling place with his wife, Kayla, on horseback in his hometown of Gallant. He told reporters that voters “ought to go out and vote their conscience, and we’ll have a tremendous turnout.”

Jones voted early Tuesday morning at Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook. Speaking with reporters, he cast the election as an opportunity for Alabama voters to reject the embarrassment that Moore — who’s been ousted twice as state Supreme Court chief justice and has attacked LGBT Americans, Muslims and women — could bring the state.

“In Alabama we have come so far with too many things, and there is saying: ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ Alabama is not going to let that shame happen again,” he said.

The stakes are high for Trump — who has repeatedly endorsed Moore, campaigned in Florida just outside Alabama on Friday night and doesn’t want to see the GOP’s 52-48 majority trimmed at all.

“The people of Alabama will do the right thing. Doug Jones is Pro-Abortion, weak on Crime, Military and Illegal Immigration, Bad for Gun Owners and Veterans and against the WALL. Jones is a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet. Roy Moore will always vote with us. VOTE ROY MOORE!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

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There’s much on the line for McConnell as well. McConnell decided Moore wasn’t worth the headache and withdrew support for him — which means the Senate Republican campaign arm and a super PAC that usually backs its candidates were nowhere to be found in the closing weeks in Alabama.

The exit poll showed that Trump’s approval rating among Alabama voters is 47%. He’s much more popular than McConnell, who is seen favorably by just 16% of voters.

It all takes place amid a broader national conversation about sexual misconduct. At the center of the Trump-McConnell split over Alabama is that McConnell said the allegations facing Moore are credible, while Trump — who faces allegations of sexual assault himself — cast doubt on Moore’s accusers.

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Alabama’s other senator, Republican Richard Shelby, told CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday that he didn’t vote for Moore and it’ll be up to GOP leadership to pursue an Ethics Committee investigation if Moore wins. Such a move could be the first step toward Moore’s expulsion from the Senate.

“Well, I think that’s up to the leadership and the Ethics Committee itself. They always look to anyone’s fitness to serve” in the Senate, Shelby said.

Turnout by race

Jones’ campaign will benefit from high African-American turnout. Black voters made up 30% of the electorate, CNN’s exit poll showed — higher than the 27% they comprised in the 2012 presidential election and above the marks the Jones campaign felt it needed to hit in order to have a chance. Of those black voters, 95% backed Jones, the exit poll showed.

But white voters, who overwhelmingly support Republicans in Alabama, didn’t cross over at the rate the Jones campaign had hoped. Just 27% of white voters backed Jones, compared to 70% for Moore.

Moore won 59% of white college graduates and 78% of white non-college graduates, the exit poll showed.

34 comments

  • Lance

    Again I have a problem with allegations that surface just before an election. Not during the primary but the election. I dont doubt that there maybe some truth but why after 40 years. There was a time you were innocent until proven guilty. Now it us similar to the Salem witch trials. Guilty by accusation. Democrats may have felt they won but this is dangerous to use allegations as a way to destroy or rid political opponents. Because when it happens to the accusers who will beleive them?

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      Given the fact that at the time of the alleged assaults and after Moore was a powerful man in Alabama, don’t you think fear could have been part of it? The climate now regarding majority opinion about assaults like this is much more favorable to the victims, especially with the #metoo campaign. Bill Cosby wasn’t running for office, and his accusers waited decades as well.

      • Lance

        If that was the case why just before the election? Kind of convenient for a political sabotage. I again don’t take anything away from his accusers but it is too easy to tell your story and you are guilty with no defense. Where will tgis end? The accusers are to be agreed and sympathize with but the person accused does not have the luxury of trying to prove ones innocence. This makes it too easy to destroy anyone with accusations instead of giving a shadow of a doubt.

    • thank

      All they had to so was lromose free healthcarr and all the scumbags come out. Capitulism is the right to profit and make jobs. I made 8 hr workonf for insurance company amd gladly paid almlst all of my money for insurance like a real man. I may not have food for my children all the time but i refuse to take foodstamps and my kids know they go without because coloreds are mooching and they will work harder because they dont need no stupid education they are homeachooled by me and know Donald will create good jobs that pay good ans dont need to have a degree when they open the cole mines and we will all happily work and be rich

      • thank

        Yes they sont always have food but at least they dont mooch off uncle sam like some people. They also dont mooch from public education which should be privatized. They know nore about capitalism than you and realize smaller govt is the only way. Thier stomachs may be empty but thier minds is full of knowladge. Dont tread on me the south will rise again.

  • Taco Salad

    I just came to read the comments of sore Pennsyltuckians.
    But you’ve disappointed me. Not one person has mentioned Benghazi or Hillary’s emails yet.
    Get with it!

  • Proletariat

    Also thanks to the Alaskan Senators who vote for Health Care there will never be a repeal now, keep on losing GOP (Grand Old Pedophiles)!

    • You Lost, get over it

      He didn’t lose because he’s an alleged pedophile.

      He lost because he’s anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT, anti-choice, anti-science, and pro-slavery. That was Moore than enough to bring him down.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Unfortunately, the libs continue to win.

    Just because trump got it doesn’t mean we can stop now.

    And Alabama of all places? I didn’t think there was a libtard in the entire state there!!!

  • jack u

    IT DONT MATTER….HE ONLY WON SO Congress can not be blamed for getting nothing done for the people again ,…except the stupid stuff like lbgt…. they all voted for NAFTA YEARS AGO…fake news wnep.and TO stupid YOU..YOUR VOTES ARE RIGGED.

    • Truth Be Told

      Lashing out with falsehoods – typical Russian, I mean Trumpian methods to illegitimize an opponents win. Nice try tho. When truth don’t work, resort to lies like the GOP.

      • silverfishimperetrix

        I’m so glad you bought into the Russian smear job too. It’s falling apart more every day. I just thought I’d let you know, so when it does you won’t do anything drastic. Heh.

    • A2B2C

      Bannon or Trump? Can’t tell the difference between the losing whiners! WHERE is that Repub mantra of “Accept responsibility and don’t blame others”? Talk it but never walk it!

  • get out and vote in 2018 republicans!

    Dirty politics. Want to win an election? Just get a bunch of women to make up false sexual assault allegations in the weeks leading up to the election.

  • The people

    They are touting race+education as a deciding factor instead if improprieties unbecoming of somebody that could hold office and be a moral example? Sounds like CNN. The most successful of us dropped out of “school”, and I rarely encounter racially charged happenings in my d2d life until I turn on the news.

    • Andre

      All you have to do is look on the comments here to see racially charged slander. Are all of you republicans so ignorant of reality that you can’t see the blatant truth and way this country honestly is? And no, the most successful people around certainly didn’t drop out of school, you just probably don’t talk to anyone with a college education because they all realized how horrible this area is becoming and moved far away.

      • The people

        Not a Republican. This is the equivalent of me turning on the news because I’d rather read unfiltered comments to see what other ideas or opinions are out there to either heed or stay away from. Otherwise we will usually get a one sided story that could be swayed by the human condition to pick sides based on self preservation. The Constitution was created not to grant power to a few, but to protect the majority from a large government controlled by a few. Some people are championing their own downfalls by submitting to simple presentation. Presentation that is coming from mostly controlled sources. You are lost if you confuse “rights” with “privileges”. Once you start paying for your right to exist as an equal in this creation, you are submitting to those that deem themselves your master but present themselves as your keeper. Politicians and bankers are tricksters with minions and accidental servants. Truth.

  • trucker

    Alabama Supreme court ruled all records can be deleted with bleach-bit
    Birmingham waited till all other precincts reported, then swung the election to Jones.

    • Really?

      Lolololol. The people have spoken. Don’t f*** with our southern snowflakes. And if a conspiracy helps you sleep, dream on.

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