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Moore not Conceding Senate Race to Jones

Moore not Conceding Senate Race to Jones Photo: MGN Online.

December 12, 2017 11:29 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

10:40 p.m.
    
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters "it's not over."
    
"It's going to take some time," the candidate says during a brief appearance before supporters.
    
Campaign chairman Bill Armistead says that because the vote is close and approaching the state's recount requirement, "we do not have a final decision on the outcome."
    
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 20,000 votes.
    
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10:10 p.m.
    
President Donald Trump has congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on a "hard fought" win in Alabama, adding Republicans will have "another shot" at the Senate seat.
    
Trump backed Republican Roy Moore in the race, despite the multiple allegations of sexual impropriety against Moore. Trump cited the need for GOP votes on his legislative agenda.
    
Trump says on Twitter, "The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win."
    
Jones' victory will narrow the Senate Republican majority to 51-49. His term lasts until January 2021.
    

    
10:05 p.m.
    
Alabama senator-elect Doug Jones says his victory over Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election marks a moment for national unity.
    
"I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us," Moore tells supporters at his campaign victory rally. "We have shown the country the way that we can be."
    
Jones, an attorney and former federal prosecutor, says he is "overwhelmed" by his upset win over Moore, who faced multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
    
"At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect," Jones says.
    
Jones says his campaign was about "finding common ground," and is encouraging lawmakers in Washington to work together to fund the children's health insurance program before he is seated.
    
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10 p.m.
    
Democrat Doug Jones' upset win in Alabama's Senate race has exposed the divisions within the GOP, pitting the establishment against former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
    
Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida says in a tweet: "The people of #Alabama put country first tonight by rejecting the disgusting Roy Moore. Congratulations to the Bannon wing of the GOP for gifting a seat to SenateDems in one of the reddest states. You have no future in our country's politics."
    
Bannon had backed Republican Roy Moore. Washington Republicans had favored Sen. Luther Strange and had called on Moore to step aside when allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.
    
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9:55 p.m.
    
Gleeful Senate Democrats are welcoming Doug Jones' upset win in Alabama's special election.
    
"Hot Damn," tweeted New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan.
    
"Thank you Alabama!" tweeted Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.
    
Jones on Tuesday stunned Republican Roy Moore, who faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Once sworn in, Jones will serve the remainder of former Sen. Jeff Sessions' term through 2020.
    
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who faces re-election next year, says: "I am grateful to the women who had the courage to come forward. Because of them and so many others like them, we are seeing meaningful change. I look forward to finding opportunities to work with Doug Jones in the Senate to support middle-class families."
    
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9:50 p.m.
    
Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez says Alabama senator-elect Doug Jones "made history" Tuesday when he defeated Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election.
    
"This election wasn't about right versus left, it was about right versus wrong," Perez says. Moore faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, but retained the backing of President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.
    
Perez argues that Alabama voters didn't just reject Moore, but "embraced Doug Jones and the Democratic Party's vision for a brighter future."
    
He says, "They joined millions of voters across the country who are standing up to Donald Trump and the GOP's radical agenda by making their voices heard and electing Democrats up and down the ballot."
    
Democrats are hoping the upset victory to give them momentum for the 2018 midterm elections.
    
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9:45 p.m.
    
Alabama Republican Roy Moore's campaign manager says the candidate is not yet conceding the U.S. Senate race.
    
Rich Hobson told a somber crowd at Moore's election night gathering that: "Some people are calling it. We are not calling it."
    
The Associated Press declared at 9:24 p.m. that Democrat Doug Jones had won election to the U.S. Senate seat from Alabama.
    
Hobson says the margin is thin and there are still votes to be counted. He is asking Moore's supporters to pray.
    

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -  Democrat Doug Jones has won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump.

Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president even after facing allegations of sexual impropriety.

An attorney and former prosecutor, Jones rallied voters on a message of moving past the Moore controversies. He was buoyed by an influx of national Democratic cash and endorsements.     

Jones' victory is set to narrow the slim Republican majority over Democrats in the Senate to 51-49. His win in the Republican stronghold energizes the Democratic Party as it looks to build on anti-Trump sentiment to mount a challenge next year to Republican control of Congress.


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