Jones Certified Alabama Winner, Moore Calls Election 'Fraudulent'

Alabama officials have certified Doug Jones as the winner of the state's U.S. Senate race. Alabama officials have certified Doug Jones as the winner of the state's U.S. Senate race. |  Photo: ABC, file

December 28, 2017 03:39 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama says his victory marks a "new chapter for our state and the nation."

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Jones issued a statement Thursday after a state board officially declared him the winner of the Dec. 12 election. Jones said he is looking forward to "going to work for the people of Alabama."

Official election results show that Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore by 21,924 votes. Jones is expected to be sworn in next month.

He is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in 25 years. Jones said he will be an "independent voice" in the Senate and will strive for "common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle."

The state certified Jones' win after a judge rejected Moore's request to delay the certification.

Moore issued a brief statement saying experts agree the election was "fraudulent."

Moore said he's had to fight not only Democrats but also Republicans and the "Washington establishment." He said he stood for the truth and has no regrets, closing his statement by saying "To God be the glory."

Moore was beset by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago. He has denied the allegations.


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