Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special election on Tuesday that was held to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Jones, a former prosecutor, won after Moore faced an avalanche of accusations of sexual misconduct that were revealed by The Washington Post after his position as the GOP candidate was solidified. The New York Times reports:
Propelled by a backlash against Mr. Moore, an intensely polarizing former judge who was accused of sexually assaulting young girls, Mr. Jones overcame the state’s daunting demographics and deep cultural conservatism. His campaign targeted African-American voters with a sprawling, muscular turnout operation, and appealed to educated whites to turn their backs on the Republican Party.
Those pleas paid off on Tuesday, as precincts in Birmingham and its suburbs handed Mr. Jones overwhelming margins while he also won convincingly in Huntsville and other urban centers. The abandonment of Mr. Moore by affluent white voters along with strong support from black voters proved decisive, allowing Mr. Jones to transcend Alabama’s rigid racial polarization and assemble a winning coalition. And solidifying Mr. Jones’s victory were the Republican-leaning Alabamians who chose to write in the name of a third candidate rather than back one of the two major party nominees. Over 20,000 voters here cast write-in ballots.
With 98% of the precincts reporting, Jones has a lead of 9,339 votes as Moore struggled outside of the rural parts of Alabama.
A former campaign manager for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed Breitbart's Steve Bannon shortly after the results were announced, saying, "I'd just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality."
A report that came out late Monday night revealed that the mystery group that was behind spending over $4.1 million to boost Jones — Highway 31 — was the project of two of the Democrat's largest super PACs: Senate Majority PAC and Priorities USA Action. Liberal billionaire George Soros, who is the backbone of the Democratic Party, gives millions of dollars to both of those groups which are committed to pushing a leftist and progressive agenda.
Speaking after the race was called for Jones, Moore indicated that he is not conceding at this point; he also hinted at the possibility of a recount.