Alabama officials certify Doug Jones' win in special US Senate election

Alabama officials certify Doug Jones' win in special US Senate election

And on Thursday afternoon, Alabama Circuit Judge Hardwick rejected the complaint from the Moore campaign. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all".

Luther Strange during a primary earlier this year and was widely expected to win the special election until he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, when Moore was in his 30's and the women were as young as 14 years old.

Jones, the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Republican bastion Alabama in 25 years, will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on January 3 when Congress returns to Washington after the holiday break.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is pictured shortly after certification of the special election.

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

Republican Roy Moore, who lost a recent Alabama senate election to his Democrat rival Doug Jones, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to challenge the result. He said he stood for the truth and has no regrets, closing his statement by saying "To God be the glory".

After the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal, Moore tried to block Alabama judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses in the state right before they were set to begin issuing them.

Moore's complaint called for a new special election or a deeper investigation into the so-called fraud.




"People are entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts", Merrill said, then detailing some of the voter fraud claims.

Moore's attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states. "It's time to move on", Sam Coleman wrote in an email.

Trump congratulated Jones after the unofficial vote counts were tallied, but said in a tweet sent later that day that "the deck was stacked against" Moore.

Porter said there was a "one in 15 billion chance" that there was no voter fraud in the election.

Moore, citing election experts, says there are enough irregularities in 20 Jefferson County precincts alone that are enough to reverse the outcome of the election.

The number has been raised to 118 voter fraud complaints, with 85 so far having been adjudicated, Merrill said.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became US attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year.

Hasen said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".

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