In the aftermath of one of the most closely-watched Senate campaigns in modern American history, Democrat Doug Jones has scored a stunning victory over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election for a seat in the United States Senate.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 13, 2017
Because Jones’ margin is greater than 0.5 percent, there is no automatic recount.
The seat was vacated by Jeff Sessions (R), who served as Alabama’s Senator from 1997 to 2017. He is now serving as Trump’s Attorney General.
The last time a Democrat won in deep red Alabama was 1992 when Senator Richard Shelby ran as a Democrat before switching over to the Republican party in 1994.
Tonight’s victory is especially striking given the fact that Trump won Alabama with over 62 percent of the vote in the 2016 general election. Tonight’s win for the Democrats, then, is an unprecedented double digit swing to the left.
With tonight’s development, the Republican majority in the Senate now shrinks from 52-48 to 51-49.
Doug Jones is known for prosecuting two KKK members after a 1962 church bombing in Birmingham in which four black girls were tragically killed. He also sent Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph to jail.
Roy Moore, for his part, has been mired in scandal since The Washington Post published a bombshell report in which four women – a number that has since grown precipitously – stepped forward to accuse Roy Moore, at the time a District Attorney in his 30s, of engaging in sexual behavior while they were between the ages of 14- and 18-years-old. The story was corroborated by over 30 sources.
— Kent Faulk (@krfaulk) December 12, 2017
In his desperation to discredit his numerous accusers of sexual misconduct and pedophilia, Moore went so far as to claim at a campaign event that his victims are not to be trusted because real victims would never allow their faces to be seen in the news.
“I’ve represented many victims in cases such as this. I have not seen one who wanted her picture posted on national TV, especially in a political advertisement. The truth is, this is not really odd at all. It is simply dirty politics and it’s a sign of the immorality of our time,” Moore said.
In other words, he decided that real sexual assault and rape victims are only found in the shadows and as soon as they speak up, their credibility is decimated. How convenient that would be for people like him.
Even Trump, in a move as shameful as it is unsurprising, endorsed the failed Republican Senate candidate.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
As was the case with his previously endorsed candidates who lost at the polls, Trump is certain to disavow Moore for “not embracing [him] or what [he] stands for,” as he did with failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. A Twitter rant is undoubtedly forthcoming.
Today’s victory in Alabama is only the latest in a wave of stunning Democratic success stories. On November 7th, in what is being viewed as a clear referendum on a flailing Trump administration, Democrats unseated Republicans in a vast number of what were thought to be unwinnable races. Aside from flipping New Jersey’s and winning Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats picked up a staggering 15 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates, giving them control of 49 seats out of 100 so far. Several races for the House of Delegates are still considered too close to call.
Democrats have also picked up a slew of seats in other races around the country, including those in Georgia, Washington, and Florida.
Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats have flipped 15 seats in special elections. Republicans have flipped zero. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kansas, and now Alabama, Democrats are overperforming Trump’s numbers by double digits.
As the Trump administration and its Republican enablers in Congress continue their assault on the will of the American people – from healthcare to tax cuts for the rich to net neutrality to immigration – voters across the country are delivering a serious message to the White House, one race at a time.
Tonight, the people of Alabama let Trump and the entire Republican caucus know that their days in Washington, D.C. are numbered.