Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Alabama officials certify Doug Jones' win in special US Senate election

Alabama officials certify Doug Jones' win in special US Senate election

Democrat Doug Jones has said his US Senate election victory in Alabama over controversial Republican Roy Moore marks a "new chapter for our state and the nation".

Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by about 22,000 votes on December 12 and became the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama.

The Alabama State Canvassing Board, which includes Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall, signed the certification to officially confirm Jones' stunning victory over embattled Republican Roy Moore. He will be sworn in on January 3.

"The election is over". The complaint cites conspiracy theorist Richard Charnin as an election expert who said that the chances of the unofficial election results being accurate were "less than one in 15 billion".

In a brief statement, Moore stood by his claims that the election was fraudulent and said he had to fight Democrats and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment. The win came after Moore, best known for stands against gay marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments, was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.

Mr Moore denied the claims and said he has taken and passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.

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Moore's attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states.

She also said Moore repeatedly made comments about her looks and said "how pretty [she] was". "To God be the glory", Moore said in a statement sent out more than two weeks after he lost the special election as a Republican in the deep-red state. Alabama "will suffer irreparable harm" otherwise, the complaint argues, going on to urge state leaders to call a new special election.

Mr Merrill said he has so far not found evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any complaint that Mr Moore submits.

Moore's complaint also alleged "anomalous" higher voter turnout in Jefferson County, in which census data shows 43% of the population is black.

"I don't think there is anything serious in there", Hasen told The Associated Press.

Moore has denied wrongdoing and Reuters has not been able to independently verify the allegations. The seat was previously held by Republican Jeff Sessions, who was tapped by U.S. President Donald Trump as attorney general.

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