Doug Jones seizes U-S Senate seat in stunning victory

Dec 13, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama's Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, on of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the age of Trump. The president had urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

Roy Moore, meanwhile, has refused to concede and has raised the possibility of a recount. Alabama state law calls for a recount if the margin of victory is less than one-half of one percentage point. With all precincts reporting, Jones leads by 1.5 percentage points - three times what's required to trigger a recount. If the secretary of state determines there were more write-in votes than the difference between Jones and Moore, the state's counties would be required to tally those votes. it's not clear how that would help Moore, who ended the night trailing Jones by more than 20-thousand votes.