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Democrat hails new chapter for USA after Senate win over controversial Republican

Democrat hails new chapter for USA after Senate win over controversial Republican

Democrat Doug Jones' historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the victor of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.

Early Wednesday morning, a complaint was filed on behalf of Moore alleging voter fraud had occurred in the December 12 Senate election.

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.

The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore's numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts.

Jones defeated Moore in the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated when President Donald Trump appointed Alabama's own Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.

"It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified (Thursday) at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January", Merrill told the Associated Press of Moore's lawsuit. "Moore's desperate efforts to challenge this election and cast doubt on Beverly and the other women who allege that they were victims were and will continue to be unsuccessful".

As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation. The complaint demanded that a new special election be ordered or that all allegations of voter fraud be thoroughly investigated.




The state's former chief justice refused to concede and even filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, but a judge rejected his claims.

Jones, a former USA attorney, claimed victory over Moore earlier this month, after various allegations of sexual misconduct plagued the Republican hopeful's campaign.

The goal of the complaint was to prevent the Alabama State Canvassing Board from meeting to officially certify the election result; the final step in sending Jones to the United States Senate. He asked a judge to block the state from certifying Jones as the victor.

The first time was in 2003 for refusing a judge's order to remove a granite monument of the 10 Commandments from the state supreme court building.

The number has been raised to 118 voter fraud complaints, with 85 so far having been adjudicated, Merrill said.

Moore has denied wrongdoing and Reuters has not been able to independently verify the allegations.

Hasen said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".


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