Doug Jones, a Democratic former U.S. attorney whose long-shot candidacy was bolstered by a wave of sexual misconduct accusations against his opponent Roy Moore, is the projected winner of the special election to become Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator.
Jones’ victory is the first by a Democrat in an Alabama Senate race in 25 years and a powerful rebuke to both the Republican party, which sees its majority in the Senate cut to a single legislator, and President Trump who supported two consecutive losing candidates in the race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat.
Moore denied all of the sexual misconduct claims and remained in the race, even as members of his own party called for him to drop out and pledged to initiate his expulsion from the Senate if he were to win.
Jones portrayed his win Tuesday evening as a sign to the rest of the country, saying during his victory speech that Alabama showed the U.S. that “we can be unified.”