In Stunner, Democrat Doug Jones Wins in Alabama
He defeats Roy Moore in Senate race
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2017 7:16 PM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2017 9:31 PM CST
Democratic candidate for Senate Doug Jones speaks to reporters after voting Tuesday.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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(Newser) – It's Doug Jones. The Democrat won election to the Senate from Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Trump, reports the AP. Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president even after facing allegations of sexual impropriety. An attorney and former prosecutor, Jones rallied voters on a message of moving past the Moore controversies. He was buoyed by an influx of national Democratic cash and endorsements.

Jones' victory is set to narrow the slim Republican majority over Democrats in the Senate to 51-49. His win in the Republican stronghold energizes the Democratic Party as it looks to build on anti-Trump sentiment to mount a challenge next year to Republican control of Congress. With 92% of votes counted, Jones had 49.5% of the vote to Moore's 48.8%, per CNN, which also called the race for Jones.

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