Once every news outlet had called the historic Senate race for Democrat Doug Jones, only one person has remained resolute in his unwillingness to accept the results: Republican candidate Roy Moore.
At his “victory party,” rather than giving the anticipated concession speech, Moore opted instead to entertain the notion that a recount was imminent.
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 is not imminent.
“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.”
In response to a question from CNN, Doug Jones has issued a vital message to the obstinate Republican.
Senator-elect Doug Jones relayed a message to Roy Moore, in response to a question from CNN: “Do the right thing, Roy, it’s time that we heal. It’s time that we get together. This has been tough, it’s been tough on him, but at the same time it’s time to move on…”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 13, 2017
“… and it’s time to heal. Our campaign has been just about that. It is about trying to heal not only in Alabama but across the country, and that’s exactly the message I would give him.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 13, 2017
Despite what amounted to a decidedly ugly campaign, Jones’ message to Moore is representative of exactly the kind of campaign he ran– and why the people of Alabama voted in a Democrat for the first time in a quarter century.
Jones’ victory is especially striking given the fact that Trump won Alabama with over 62 percent of the vote in the 2016 general election. The Democrat’s win, then, is an unprecedented 29-point swing to the left.
With these results, the Republican majority in the Senate now shrinks from 52-48 to 51-49.
Doug Jones is best 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.
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. In total, Democrats flipped 34 seats from red to blue. 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.
Roy Moore can certainly try to stall, but the people of Alabama have spoken loud and clear. Jones’ victory was a glaring repudiation of Moore’s disgusting campaign, and the accused child molester would be well served to concede with at least a shred of dignity in tact so that he can be duly forgotten from our nation’s collective conscience.
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