Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday night, according to most people.
But not him.
“When a vote is this close, it’s not over,” Moore said Tuesday night. “And we’ve still got to go by the rules about this recount provision and the secretary of state has explained it to us, and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them to find out what the situation is.”
“We also know that God is in control. Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light,” Moore continued.
Shortly after his comments, the media did exactly that. And Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN it was “highly unlikely” that the election outcome would change.
An automatic recount is triggered if the final margin is within one half of one percent. Current projections have Doug Jones winning by more than that.
There are still potentially thousands of votes to count from people overseas and serving in the military, but Merrill doesn’t think those votes, or a recount, would make much difference since the state’s balloting system is mostly electronic.
“I don’t know how many ballots are going to be returned from overseas voters or how many provisional ballots there are, but I’m confident not all of them are going to be for one candidate,” Merrill said.
There is a possibility that Moore could pay for a recount himself if the margin is wider than the 0.5 percent automatic trigger, but even that is disputed by some legal experts who say that provision may only apply to elections for statewide offices, not federal ones.