Democrat Doug Jones Scores Stunning Alabama Senate Victory

The scandal was just too much for Judge Roy Moore (R-AL) to overcome.

Well, the scandal, the lack of support from the GOP establishment, and the huge boatload of money poured into the contest by George Soros and friends was too much to overcome.

On Tuesday, the citizens of Alabama went to the polls and decided that they would send a Democrat to the Senate for the first time in 20 years.

In 2016 President Trump won Alabama with more than 62% of the vote, in 2012 Mitt Romney took home almost 61% of the vote, and in 2008 John McCain took almost the same share of the vote, 61%. It gets worse though, in 2016 incumbent Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), who was first elected as a Democrat back in 1994, won reelection with 63% of the vote. In 2014, Jeff Sessions won reelection with 93% of the vote (he ran unopposed).

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The point is that any Republican running across the state over the last 20 years or so has won by WIDE margins, and while the race was always going to be closer with Roy Moore as the candidate… it should have been an easy victory for the GOP.

Instead, we have this:

Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off a major upset in Alabama by defeating Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election, becoming the first Democrat to win election to the Senate from the deeply conservative state in 25 years.

“We have come so far and the people of Alabama have spoken,” Jones said during a victory speech in Birmingham late Tuesday. 

But in a late-night speech to supporters, Moore refused to concede. Moore told the crowd that when the “vote is this close…it’s not over.”

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones had 49.9 percent to Moore’s 48.4 percent.

While Moore refused to concede on Tuesday evening, arguing that the race was likely close enough to need a recount, President Trump decided that the writing was on the wall and Tweeted out a gracious note of congratulations to Doug Jones.

Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!

The silver lining here is that Jones will likely only serve out two years before being forced to run again and the next time it will likely be against a far more formidable foe than Judge Moore.

However, in the short term the GOP’s slime lead in the Senate will grow even slimmer as the GOP lead shrinks from 52 – 48 (there is one Independent in the Senate who caucuses with the Democrats), to 51-49. This will make it very difficult for the Republicans to get any of their legislation through a transient Senate, because as the Democrats have proven over the last year, they are very good at obstructing the Republican (and President Trump’s) agenda.

Conservative voters should take Roy Moore’s loss as a warning sign – we could very quickly lose both the Senate and the House if we’re not careful.

2018 will be a vital election year because the Democrats will have to defend far more seats than the GOP will, which means that 2018 could be the perfect time for Republicans to grow our lead in Congress… but we have to be careful, work hard, and stay alert.

Losing Alabama hurts, the best way to recover will be through victory.

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