Doug Jones Defeats Alleged Pedophile Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race

Democrats are inching closer to taking back the Senate.

Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones

BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 12: Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones greets supporters during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Doug Jones defeated his republican challenger Roy Moore to claim Alabama's U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones

Roy Moore, the former Republican state judge who has been accused of child molestation, has lost the senate race to Democratic attorney Doug Jones by a slim margin. With 100% of polls in, the New York Timesreports that Jones won the contest with 671,151 votes or 49.9% of the vote. Republican Roy Moore garnered 48.4% of the vote with 650,436 ballots cast in his favor. 

Thank you ALABAMA!!

— Doug Jones (@DougJones) December 13, 2017

Love and decency prevails. Thank you Alabama! The black folks of Alabama saved the day. They should seriously get priority space at the table.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 13, 2017

Jones, who has never previously held political office, was greatly helped with a large voter turnout of African Americans. Jones is the first Democrat to be voted into the Senate from the conservative state of Alabama in some time.

Common sense and decency have prevailed in Alabama. It was a vote not just against sexual abuse but also against racism and against those who would ride roughshod over our democratic institutions.

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 13, 2017

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

Moore, when asked what time period he believed America to be great, in reference to Donald Trump's MAGA slogan, responded, "I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another.... Our families were strong, our country had a direction."

Jones, on the other hand, prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan for their roles in the 1963 white supremacist terrorist bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that took the lives of four Black girls and injured multiple others. Both men were found guilty. 

Donald Trump, who publicly endorsed Moore, took to Twitter, to congratulate Senator-elect Jones on his victory while also saying that Republicans will have another chance at the seat in the future. 

Thank you, Alabama!

— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 13, 2017

Washington Post investigation from November highlighted four women who have accused Roy Moore of having sexual or romantic relations with them while they were teenagers and he was in his thirties. Moore has denied the allegations. 

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