Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

Doug Jones who is a former Democratic prosecutor had mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign that was marked by a number of accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican. The upset simply delivered a victory that was just unimaginable for Democrats and shaved the unstable Senate of the Republicans majority to a single seat. The victory of the Democrat Doug Jones could have significant consequences on the national level, snarling the legislative agenda of the Republicans in Washington and opening for the first time, a realistic but still difficult path for Democrats to capture the Senate in the next year.

It amounted to a stinging snub of US President Donald Trump, who broke with much of his party and fully embraced the candidacy of Roy Moore, seeking to rally support for him in the closing days of the campaign. Among the thunderous applause from his supporters at a downtown hotel, Doug Jones held up his victory as a message to Washington from voters fed up with political warfare. For once, he said that Alabama had declined to take the wrong fork at political crossroads.

The upset victory of Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race cuts the Republican majority in the Senate to just one single seat. Doug Jones has declared that they have shown the country the way they can be unified where he draped his election in the language of reconciliation and consensus. He also said that this entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law. US president Donald Trump congratulated Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory in a tweet. He also wrote that the people of Alabama are great and Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time since this never ends.

This was all propelled by a backlash against Roy Moore which intensely polarized the former judge who was accused of sexually assaulting young girls. Doug Jones overcame daunting demographics of the state and deep cultural conservatism. His campaign basically targeted African American voters with a sprawling, muscular turnout and at the same time appealed to educated white voters to turn their backs on the Republican Party.

January 21, 2018 - 05:43
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