Alabama elects Doug Jones to US SenateAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Voters in Alabama have elected Doug Jones, making him the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in the state in 25 years. Jones defeated Roy Moore, the bigoted anti-LGBTQ politician twice ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court for ethics violations and recently accused of serially preying on teen girls. The Associated Press called the race for Jones 2½ hours after polls closed in the state.
“We have shown the country the way that we can be unified,” an ecstatic Jones said in his victory speech Tuesday night.
The Huffington Post reported that Moore himself refused to concede as well. Speaking to supporters at his election night party, Moore suggested the possibility of demanding a recount, saying, “God is still in control.”
LGBT rights organizations hailed the election of civil rights prosecutor Doug Jones over Roy Moore calling the victory “monumental”.
“Tonight, in rejecting avowed bigot Roy Moore, Alabama voters solidified once and for all that attacking and demonizing the LGBTQ community is a sure-fire way to get yourself beat on Election Day,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama is monumental, and was made possible by the overwhelming and unprecedented, grassroots resistance of ordinary Alabamians against the politics of hate and division. From our victories in North Carolina, Virginia, and now in Alabama, Equality Voters have proven that LGBTQ people and our allies are a voting bloc to be respected, sought-after and feared by candidates on both sides of the aisle. The American people will no longer tolerate discrimination against their family, friends and neighbors.”
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “The people of Alabama have spoken and made it known that Roy Moore’s personal values around sexual assaults, racism, and anti-LGBTQ hate do not align with American values. Tonight’s results are a victory in the ongoing fight to uplift and support survivors of sexual assault, LGBTQ people, people of color, and other marginalized communities who are sick of seeing their humanity debated. Moore’s loss is also a strong signal that Americans want better than President Trump and elected officials like him who aim to divide and discriminate, rather than unite.”
During his Senate campaign, eight women came forward to accuse Moore of sexual abuse, with all but two being underage at the time the alleged abuse occurred. In response to the allegations, Moore openly attacked these women, made fundraising appeals off the accusations, and blamed the LGBTQ community for the allegations against him.
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