Jones was declared the victor
in Tuesday’s special election, but Moore has yet to
“He tried,” Trump, who had endorsed Moore, told reporters
outside the White House. “I want to support, always — I want to
support the person running. We need the seat. We’d like to have
Jones’ surprising win marked the first time voters in Alabama
elected a Democrat to the Senate in 25 years. It had been
assumed the seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), whom
Trump named attorney general, would remain under
Republican control. Now, the GOP’s Senate majority rests on
just one seat.
Moore’s campaign took what proved an unrecoverable hit after
a bombshell Washington
Post report published in early November accused the
former judge of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl when he was
in his 30s. Subsequent reports alleged that Moore had
demonstrated a pattern of pursuing teenage girls.
As news outlets began declaring Jones the winner Tuesday night,
Moore told supporters that he would seek a recount and
“wait on God and let
this process play out.”
“When the vote is this close, it’s not over,” he said.
The election results showed Jones with 49.92 percent of the
vote, and Moore with 48.38 percent, according to Alabama
Secretary of State John Merrill. State law calls for an
automatic recount if the margin is 0.5 percentage points or
In a tweet Wednesday morning, former Arkansas Gov. Mike
Huckabee called on the embattled Republican candidate to “exit
Roy Moore won’t concede; says will wait on God to speak.
God wasn’t registered to vote in AL but the ppl who voted
did speak and it wasn’t close enough for recount. In
elections everyone does NOT get a trophy. I know first hand
but it’s best to exit with class.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee)
December 13, 2017
But Moore, in a fire-and-brimstone video posted online
Wednesday that rambled from abortion to school prayer, thanked
supporters and continued his refusal to admit defeat.
“I want to thank all of you who have stood with me in this very
important battle for the future of our country,” Moore, 70,
said in the video. “We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our
republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a
suffering humanity. And the battle rages on.”
He continued: “In this race, we have not received the
final count to include military and provisional ballots. This
has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by
the secretary of state.”
The Alabama secretary of state told CNN that even if Moore
demanded a recount, it’s “highly unlikely”
the results of the election would change.
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