Alabama Certifies Doug Jones as a Senator Despite Roy Moore’s Last Minute Move

The state of Alabama on Thursday certified Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of this month’s special Senate election after a judge denied Republican Roy Moore’s effort to halt the process via a last-ditch lawsuit charging widespread voter fraud.

Jones won the election with 673,896 votes, or just under 50 percent of the total votes cast in the Dec. 12 special election for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to official results released Thursday. Moore received 651,972 votes, or 48.3 percent. The remaining 22,852 voters wrote in other candidates.

Moore, who has refused to concede since the Dec. 12 vote, filed a last-minute lawsuit late Wednesday seeking to delay certification of Jones’ win and launch a fraud investigation into the election results. But the certification proceeded as planned on Thursday, with Secretary of State John Merrill, Gov. Kay Ivey and state Attorney General Steve Marshall — all Republicans — signing off on the proceedings. Shortly before the 1 p.m. Central Time event, a Montgomery County circuit court judge had denied Moore’s attempt to obtain a restraining order to stop the state’s action.

Moore did not concede to Jones nor congratulate him on his win on Thursday, instead issuing a defiant statement that reiterated his allegations of voter fraud and said he has “stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama.”