Alabama Certified Doug Jones As The Winner Of Its Special Election

by Antonio Miles December 30, 2017, 1:01
Alabama Certified Doug Jones As The Winner Of Its Special Election

Moore claimed that "election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election", though an Alabama judge threw out Moore's lawsuit alleging voter fraud earlier Thursday afternoon.

The Alabama State Canvassing Board, which includes Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall, signed the certification to officially confirm Jones' stunning victory over embattled Republican Roy Moore.

Late Wednesday, Moore launched a last-minute legal challenge of the results, with his campaign citing "irregularities" in 20 precincts in Jefferson County, which it said were "enough to reverse the outcome of the election".

Roy Moore, already controversial for his comments about groups like Muslims and LGBT individuals, lost the Alabama special election after nine women came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Jones won 49.97 percent of the vote compared to Moore's 48.34 percent, a margin of almost 22,000 votes out of 1.35 million cast, officials said - a record for a special election.

Jones is scheduled to be sworn in as the junior senator from Alabama next week.

If the election is prematurely certified, Mr. Moore's lawyers wrote, he will "suffer irreparable harm" and be "denied his full right as a candidate to a fair election".

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Moore, a Republican, has refused to concede after losing the Senate race on December 12 to Democrat Doug Jones by more than 20,000 votes. Moore's campaign was deeply wounded by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago.

"I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama", the conservative Christian said.

"This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone", Mr Moore said in a statement.

Mr Moore denied the claims and said he has taken and passed a polygraph test to prove they are false. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.

Merrill said he has so far not found any evidence of voter fraud, but he has said that his office will investigate any complaint Moore submits.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became US attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year. He said Moore's complaint seemed to boil down to the belief that he should have won based on exit polling and that the high turnout, including by African-American voters, must indicate fraud.


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