Keeping Up With Doug Jones
Decency wins. Thank you Alabama!
Doug Jones will become the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in more than two decades.
The next senator from Alabama will be a Democrat. Doug Jones bested Republican Roy Moore, handing Democrats an unlikely victory in a deep red state and Donald Trump stronghold.
"Doug Jones will be an outstanding Senator who will represent Alabama well," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. "He was a great candidate and will be an even better Senator."
Jones, speaking to an ecstatic crowd in Birmingham following a tight victory, said his campaign had been about "dignity and respect," as well as "common courtesy and decency." (Moore was not conceding defeat as of Tuesday night, despite results showing a lead of 1.7%, or more than 22,000 votes, for Jones.)
"Alabama has been at a cross roads," Jones said. "We have been at cross roads in the past. And unfortunately we have usually taken the wrong fork. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road."
It was a result that seemed all but impossible even 10 months ago, when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general, vacating his Senate seat. But by the time election night rolled around, it was clear Senate Republicans were not going to have a good result no matter who won. Either, they would soon admit to their ranks a man accused of sexual assault and molesting a minor; or, they would cede the seat to a Democrat, leaving a Republican Senate that has already struggled to pass legislation with just a single vote majority.
Faced with such a choice, some Republicans were relieved.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who donated $100 to Jones' campaign in the lead-up to election day, citing "Country over Party," tweeted Tuesday night that "decency" had won.
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Decency wins— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 13, 2017
Thank you ALABAMA!!— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 13, 2017
Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You've elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 13, 2017
"93% of black women that voted in the state of Alabama voted for Doug Jones... That's the power of the sister vote." - Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson pic.twitter.com/lTgP7saCxx— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) December 13, 2017
Alabama voters have spoken. @GDouglasJones should be seated immediately and if he's not, the #GOPTaxScam vote should be delayed until he is. The voices of Alabama voters should be represented on that important issue.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 13, 2017