Nearly an hour had passed after all the major news outlets called the contested Alabama special election before the losing candidate, Roy Moore, finally came out to deliver his remarks.
Moore had been the prohibitive favorite to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions until 9 women emerged to accused the former judge of sexual assault, 2 of whom were minors when Moore assaulted them.
Despite wild fluctuations in the polls, Moore remained competitive with Jones, with some polls even showing him ahead a few points on the eve of the election. Moore owed much of that solidification of his support to President Trump, who threw the entire weight of his office behind the embattled Republican candidate despite the allegation.
Moore lost anyway, and after a long delay following the media outlets calling the race for his opponent, he finally came out to speak to give what everyone expected would be a concession speech.
There was just one problem. Moore refused to concede. Instead, he told his supporters that the race was too close to call, and that the results might not be known for weeks if a recount in triggered.
“Realize that when the vote is this close, it is not over,” he said. “We still have got to go by the rules about this recount provision. The secretary of state has explained it to us and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them to find out what the situation is.”
Alabama state law requires an automatic recount if the margin is less than one-half of one percent. With 100% of precincts reporting, Jones’ margin of victory stands at 1.5%, so a recount doesn’t look likely.
Moore persisted, however. And then things got weird. Never shy about his faith, Moore made a sharp turn into a sermon-like rant about how God is in control and that he has a plan.
“But we also know that God is always in control. Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and un… an unfaithful light. We’ve been put in a hole, if you will. It reminds me of a passage in Psalm 40, ‘I waited patiently on the Lord.’ That’s what we have to do.”
He wasn’t done. “And he inclined to me and heard my cry, and brought us up also out of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon the rock and established my goings and put a new song in my mouth…”
“That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to wait on God and let the process play out…”
“May God bless you,” he concluded, “and thank you for coming yet. It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”
You can see the entire bizarre episode for yourself below.