Late last night, in the latest development in the interminable Roy Moore saga, the failed Alabama Republican Senate candidate and accused child molester filed an official complaint to delay the certification of the December 12th special election results on the basis of voter fraud, in hopes of ultimately being granted “a new election.”
This morning, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has announced that he, along with Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall, will proceed in certifying the election results that name Doug Jones as Alabama’s next Senator.
Alabama Secretary of State: Doug Jones will be certified as winner of special election today despite Republican Roy Moore’s refusal to concede and request for a new election https://t.co/c2ZulZNFX4 pic.twitter.com/E4XXnhvaL1
— CNN (@CNN) December 28, 2017
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“Doug jones will be certified today at 2PM Eastern Time,” Merrill explains. “The governor, Kay Ivey, our attorney general, Steve Marshall, and I will meet in the office of the Secretary of State, in the Executive Office, and we will certifying him as the senator for the state of Alabama. He will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the 3rd of January when the Senate returns.”
The announcement follows a last-ditch effort by an increasingly obstinate and desperate Roy Moore to stop Jones from taking his rightful seat. Last night, the Moore campaign issued a press release explaining that it had filed a complaint “to preserve evidence of potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama’s Special Election.”
Moore has called for a voter fraud investigation to be conducted, claiming that “three national Election Integrity experts” concluded “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty” that “election fraud occurred.” He went so far as to claim that the “probability of the election results in these precincts happening naturally is ‘less than one in 15 billion.’”
Of course, Moore is grasping at straws. In actuality, the people of Alabama were so disgusted by one of the most flawed and unfit candidates in American history that he couldn’t manage to win in perhaps the most conservative state in the country as a Republican, handing the seat away to a Democrat for the first time in a quarter century.
The odds of Roy Moore losing may very well have been one in 15 billion; that he lost, then, is a testament to just how dismal of a candidate he was.
Immediately following his loss on December 12th, Moore released a video addressing the issue.
In the video, Moore defends his defiance in refusing to concede to Doug Jones, citing the fact that military and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. It should be noted that Moore was defeated by over 20,000 votes.
“We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity,” he said in his video address. ” And the battle rages on.”
Alabama state law requires an automatic recount if the margin is less than one-half of one percent. With 100% of precincts reporting, Jones’ margin of victory stands at 1.5%, rendering a recount unnecessary.
“Realize that when the vote is this close, it is not over,” he said. “We still have got to go by the rules about this recount provision. The secretary of state has explained it to us and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them to find out what the situation is.”
Even Doug Jones had called on Moore to accept the reality of the situation and concede the race.
Senator-elect Doug Jones relayed a message to Roy Moore, in response to a question from CNN: “Do the right thing, Roy, it’s time that we heal. It’s time that we get together. This has been tough, it’s been tough on him, but at the same time it’s time to move on…”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 13, 2017
“… and it’s time to heal. Our campaign has been just about that. It is about trying to heal not only in Alabama but across the country, and that’s exactly the message I would give him.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 13, 2017
Jones’ victory is especially striking given the fact that Trump won Alabama with over 62 percent of the vote in the 2016 general election. The Democrat’s win, then, is an unprecedented 29-point swing to the left.
With these results, the Republican majority in the Senate now shrinks from 52-48 to 51-49.
Doug Jones is best known for prosecuting two KKK members after a 1962 church bombing in Birmingham in which four black girls were tragically killed. He also sent Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph to jail.
Roy Moore, for his part, has been mired in scandal since The Washington Post published a bombshell report in which four women – a number that has since grown precipitously – stepped forward to accuse Roy Moore, at the time a District Attorney in his 30s, of engaging in sexual behavior while they were between the ages of 14- and 18-years-old. The story was corroborated by over 30 sources.
— Kent Faulk (@krfaulk) December 12, 2017
Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama is only the latest in a wave of stunning Democratic success stories. Aside from flipping New Jersey’s and winning Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats picked up a staggering 15 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates, giving them control of 49 seats out of 100 so far. Several races for the House of Delegates are still currently being decided.
Democrats have also picked up a slew of seats in other races around the country, including those in Georgia, Washington, and Florida.
Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats have flipped 15 seats in special elections. Republicans have flipped zero. In total, Democrats flipped 35 seats from red to blue. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kansas, and Alabama, Democrats are overperforming Trump’s numbers by double digits.
Despite Roy Moore’s best efforts to stall the results – whether because he truly believes his own outrageous claims of voter fraud or as part of a joint effort to delay a Democrat from taking his deserved seat in the Senate – the people of Alabama will finally be represented by the person they elected. Today’s announcement now begins the process by which this national can finally forget this stain on America’s moral fabric and move forward.