The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate just got even slimmer.
Alabama’s Secretary of State today officially certified that Doug Jones has been elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat previously held by Trump’s current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
The announcement was made after a judge refused to put a stop to the process because Jones’ opponent Roy Moore had filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that there had been widespread voter fraud.
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In denying Moore’s request, Alabama Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick also ended his hopes for a new special election.
When Jones is seated, the balance in the Senate will be 49 Democrats and 51 Republicans.
Jones becomes the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama since Richard Shelby, who was elected as a Democrat in 1986 but switch to the Republican Party in 1984.
Jones is also the first Democrat elected to a statewide office Alabama since 2008.
The special election in November drew national attention and became a battleground between the two parties. Moore was said to have had improper sexual relationships with underage girls when he was in his 30s but vehemently denied the claims.
Moore this week claimed to have taken a lie detector test to prove that he has no memory of ever having gone after young girls, even though at the time he was banned from an Alabama mall for his improper advances to underage girls.
With today’s development, Alabamans can now finally put Roy Moore behind them.