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Democrat Doug Jones beat out Republican Roy Moore for one of Alabama’s Senate seats in the most controversial election of 2017. Jones, considered a sacrificial lamb before allegations of sexual misconduct were levied on Moore, is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since Richard Shelby did so in 1987. Six years after winning, Shelby switched to the Republican Party and has been with the GOP ever since.
It was a nail-biter. With 90% of the vote counted, over 1.1 million total, less than 500 votes separated the two. Jones pulled away in the end.
This is a stunning blow for the Republicans who never expected to lose the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but in many ways they dodged a bullet. A Moore victory would have been a challenge for them in light of the recent explosion of sexual misconduct allegations made against politicians and other men in power.
Reactions from the press and on social media are coming in fast. We’ll be updating this article for a while to capture as many real-time reactions as possible.
Pour a beer out for Al Franken. Biggest loser of tonight's AL Senate race.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 13, 2017
Welp. This is humilIating for Republicans. Glad I'm not one.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) December 13, 2017
Horrifying that a pro-abortion fanatic will likely take a Senate seat in deep red Alabama because some morons decided to make an ego play.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 13, 2017
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 13, 2017
I am so incredibly thankful for the Alabama conservatives who said no tonight. They said they have a higher standard for their leaders. Now, time to make sure Doug Jones is limited to his half-term. Let’s find a conservative man or woman of integrity to take him down.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) December 13, 2017
Steve Bannon's campaign to depose Mitch McConnell takes a big step forward, by throwing away a seat in a ruby red state
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) December 13, 2017
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