Despite Roy Moore’s last-minute legal objections, Alabama election officials certified that Democrat Doug Jones won the campaign for the state’s U.S. Senate seat.
Did Roy Moore concede after the certification of the election?
No. In a statement released after the election was certified, Moore denounced the proceedings and said the election was fraudulent.
“Election fraud experts from across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election,” he claimed. “Even the secretary of state himself was forced to stop fraudulent and intimidating advertisements from an organization known as Highway 31, predominantly funded by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC.”
“I’ve had to fight not only the Democrats but also the Republican Senate Leadership fund and more than $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment,” the statement continued.
“I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama,” he concluded.
Was there any voter fraud?
Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill said that 118 accusations of fraudulent voting were made in the special election, and that 85 had been determined to not include voting fraud. He added that investigations into the other accusations would continue.
Merrill said some accusations were simply made up and propagated on social media.
John Merrill on voter fraud in Alabama: “We will investigate each and every one of [the claims] as we have with the others that had been introduced to us and we will follow through until they’ve all been properly adjudicated.” #DailyBriefing #TCOT #MAGA pic.twitter.com/7toB1dZSpT
— Nate Nelson (@NateMFNelson) December 28, 2017
Moore had filed a motion to stop the certification and demand a new election based on his claims of voter fraud, but his last ditch effort was denied by a judge.
The official vote tally saw 673,896 votes for Doug Jones, or 50 percent, and 651,972 for Roy Moore, or 48.3 percent.
Jones will be sworn into the U.S. Senate by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.