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Jones Defeats Moore in Alabama Senate Race

Slim margin victory marks Democrats' first in 25 years

Doug Jones, Senator-elect from the state of Alabama

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Doug Jones, Senator-elect from the state of Alabama

Zoe Clark, Copy Editor

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Dec. 13, 2017 — In the special election held to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacated seat, Doug Jones won the state Senate Race with 49.92 percent of the vote, compared to Roy Moore’s 48.38 percent.

With Alabama being a largely conservative and Republican State, Roy Moore was expected to win for the majority of the campaign.

In early November, The Washington Post published an article with sexual allegations of Moore. Many Republicans began to publicly withdraw their support of his campaign, while others chose the “innocent until proven guilty” policy.

This fact has brought the Alabama Senate race into the national spotlight.

“I was very disappointed in the Republican party’s inability to nominate and elect a solid conservative senator,” said junior Josh Gromowsky. “Roy Moore, even before being accused of dating underage girls, was a very poor candidate who would have struggled to win any election. He had already been embroiled in past controversies over the display of Ten Commandments and the swearing in of a Muslim politician,” Gromowsky said.

Regardless if the reasons, Jones’ victory as the first Democrat to win a seat in the United States Senate in 25 years is historic.

“The question that still is unanswered is whether Judge Roy Moore was a flawed candidate and could never win, or whether the people of Alabama speak to a trend away from ‘Trump-ism’” said Skutt Catholic math teacher Patrick Haney.

Once Democrat Doug Jones is sworn into the Senate, the Republican majority, once believed to hold strong through 2018, will be cut to just 51-49 seats.

Zoe Clark

Zoe became a member of The Flightline in August of 2017. She is a senior this year involved in robotics, academic decathlon, and many other electives, and spends what little free time she has reading. You can email her at [email protected]

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