Alabama Democrat Senator candidate Doug Jones pulled out an upset win during the special election on Tuesday over Republican candidate Roy Moore to fill the Senate seat vacated by Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, following his resignation on February 8th to serve as U.S. Attorney General under the Trump administration.
The Alabama Senate results showed that Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a close win with less than a 2 percent margin over Roy Moore, an anti-establishment Republican whose popularity and electability took a major setback after 9 women stepped forward in November and accused him of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his 30’s and serving as district attorney.
If Roy Moore’s checkered sexual past wasn’t polarizing enough for Alabama voters to digest, his far right views about gays, Islam, and slavery also made him a difficult candidate to endorse, even though U.S. President Donald Trump did finally endorse him during the campaign season while warning Alabama voters that Democrat candidate Doug Jones would become a Pelosi/Schumer puppet.
President Trump congratulated Democrat candidate Doug Jones via Twitter on Tuesday night after closing polls revealed that he narrowly won the Alabama Senatorial election.
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) December 13, 2017
Republican candidate Roy Moore has still not conceded defeat even with all Alabama counties reporting.
In terms of the election demographics, Doug Jones’ Senate victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday was boosted by the support of the black community in Alabama and the college educated.
Ninety-six percent of the black community voted for Jones.
Fifty-four percent of college educated Alabama voters supported Jones over Moore.
However, by percentage more white college educated women actually voted for Moore ( 52 percent for Moore compared with Jones’ 45 percent).
Alabama has historically been a red Republican state where politicians are often judged based on their conformity to Republican social conservatism.
Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.
Jones is a pro-choice Democrat whose political ideology doesn’t often align with Republican social conservatism.
His victory on Tuesday night in Alabama is a testament to the ability of Alabama citizens to vote for a candidate not purely along ideological lines but also giving emphasis to a candidates’ character and past personal history.
Moore carried around personal baggage with the 9 female accusers who had accused him of sexual misconduct during a time when other U.S. politicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct have resigned, including Democrat Minnesota Senator Al Franken.
During his election victory speech on Tuesday night, Democrat Doug Jones spoke about unifying Alabama.
“I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than to divide us. We have shown not just around the state of Alabama but we have shown the country the way that we can be unified” Jones said.
Democrats picked up one additional Senate seat with Jones’ win on Tuesday which could impact the balance of political power in the U.S. Senate concerning policy issues.
When Jones will be sworn in in January 2018, Republicans will control 51 seats to Democrats 47 seats.
There are 2 Independent seats in the Senate.
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