Alabama officials certify Doug Jones' win in special US Senate election

Kristopher Drake
December 29, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the victor of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.

In a statement released Wednesday by the Moore campaign, the candidate insisted that the result should not be certified until alleged "election fraud" is investigated.

The Alabama State Canvassing Board, which includes Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall, signed the certification to officially confirm Jones' stunning victory over embattled Republican Roy Moore. The complaint cites conspiracy theorist Richard Charnin as an election expert who said that the chances of the unofficial election results being accurate were "less than one in 15 billion".

Jones, who is the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in Alabama in more than two decades, said he looks forward to working for his constituents in the new year.

The certification sets the stage for Jones to be sworn into the Senate next week following the protracted, high-profile special election.

In a brief statement, Moore stood by his claims that the election was fraudulent and said he had to fight Democrats and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment.

"The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election", Trump wrote on December 12, referencing the candidate he backed in the primary.

Swearing-in ceremonies for Jones are set for January 3 when the Senate reconvenes from its winter break. Mr. Moore's lawsuit was certainly late in coming: His lawyers filed the complaint at 10:33 p.m. on Wednesday, and his campaign announced it less than an hour later.

But Moore wouldn't concede. 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.

Mr Jones defeated Mr Moore by about 20,000 votes.

Roy Moore's failed Senate campaign is trying to block the certification of the Alabama special election results. "It's time to move on".

Moore appeared to be the favorite in the contest to fill the Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general. Moore denied the accusations and said in the lawsuit that he had passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.

Mr Merrill said he has so far not found evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any complaint that Mr Moore submits. He said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".

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