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By Jack Billotti 12/15/17

Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated his Republican opponent Roy Moore in an extremely tight and controversial race in Alabama’s special Senate election. Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is the first Democrat to be elected to the Senate from Alabama in over two decades.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones garnered 49.92 percent of the vote and Moore 48.38 percent. Despite the fact that there is over a 20,000 vote difference in favor of Jones, Moore has not yet conceded and has hinted at calling for a recount. “Realize when the vote is this close that it’s not over,” Moore said. “What we’ve got to do, is wait on God and let this process play out.”
Jones declared victory at a speech in Birmingham. “This entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law.”
This seemingly unlikely win for Jones gives Republicans just a 51-49 lead in the Senate and leaves the Democrats hopeful for the 2018 midterm elections.