After a contentious campaign and election process, Democratic Senator Doug Jones has officially been confirmed by the state of Alabama.
“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year,” Jones said in a statement. “As I said on Election Night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation. 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.”
Jones is the first Democrat from Alabama to serve in the Senate in decades. His candidacy was always a long shot, even when his Republican challenger, Roy Moore, was accused by several women of sexual assault. These accusers included one woman who was fourteen at the time of the alleged incident.
President Trump initially supported the other GOP challenger, Luther Strange, though he supported Moore against Jones. He castes doubt on Moore’s accusers, and even claimed that with the allegations considered, he was still a better option for Senate than a liberal Democrat. After Jones’ improbable victory, the Republican majority in the Senate dwindled from 52 to a slim 51. This may prove detrimental to Trump’s agenda, as he has already had difficulty convincing the diverse Republicans to get on the same page.
In the end, the voters signaled that the moral condemnation of a sex offender was more important than partisan politics. However, Moore continued his fight until the very end, filing a lawsuit with the state of Alabama over apparent election fraud. There was no evidence that such fraud occurred.
“Election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election,” Moore said at the time. He cited campaign activities rather than Election Day wrongdoing, however, including, “fraudulent and intimidating advertisements from an organization known as Highway 31, predominantly funded by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC.”
Secretary of State John Merrill, Gov. Kay Ivey and state Attorney General Steve Marshall — all Republicans – oversaw the investigation into Moore’s complaints and the ultimate confirmation of Jones.
Merrill said 1,348,720 votes were cast, and all but 1.7% were for either Moore or Jones.