The election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat was called early for the Democrat Doug Jones, who has defeated Roy Moore, the Republican hindered by allegations of sexual harassment.
BREAKING: Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 13, 2017
CNN calls the race Alabama special election for Doug Jones.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 13, 2017
Exit polling showed that Alabama voters were divided along partisan lines about whether the allegations were true, and whether they made any difference in their voting. decision.
A poll before the election showed that a majority of Americans believed that Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he had been elected.
Moore benefitted from a late development in the earliest allegation made against him when his accuser admitted that she had written in the latter part of the yearbook inscription she had held up as evidence of their interaction. But it was not enough to take the seat.