Democrat Doug Jones beat out Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore in a fight for the Senate seat out of Alabama. However, the validity of the results are being questioned by many people, including Moore.
He lost by a mere 1.5 percent, but claims that voter fraud may have tipped the scales. There are reports of people coming across state lines to vote, and even a video of a Jones supporter claiming he came from across the country to vote.
Moore challenged the results of the election that declared Jones the winner, however it appears he is being denied.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall signed the official certification at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday, officially declaring Jones the winner.
The official declaration brings to an end an unusual election, one that continued to make headlines for weeks after votes were cast.
Moore also refused to concede. Perhaps he knew of the voter fraud that was happening and planned to challenge it all along.
Some of the allegations raised by the Moore campaign in the court filing included incidents where officials found legitimate explanations for the conduct.
For example, the complaint cites a television news interview with a man who said he and others came “from different parts of the country” to support Jones and vote for him. But Merrill spoke to that man and determined that he moved to the state last year and had an active voter registration in Alabama.
An Alabama district court rejected the Moore campaign’s challenge shortly before the certification on Thursday.
Jones, who will be the first Democrat in Senate from Alabama since 1996!
“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year,” Jones continued, “As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation. I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all.”
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