Experiences stated former prosecutor Jones secured 49.5 % of the vote (AFP)
Montgomery, United States: Democrat Doug Jones scored a shocking upset victory Tuesday in a fiercely contested US Senate race in conservative Alabama, defeating a controversial Donald Trump-backed Republican who failed to beat damaging accusations of sexual misconduct.
The Democratic victory in probably the most contentious US election of 2017, and in one of many reddest of deep South states, marks a bitter blow to the president, who gave his full endorsement to Republican Roy Moore after preliminary hesitations, regardless of the scandalous allegations in opposition to him.
With 94 % of Alabama precincts reporting, Jones gained 49.6 % of the vote in comparison with Moore’s 48.7 %, a margin of about 11,000 votes out of 1.1 million solid, based on figures posted by US networks together with CNN.
Fox Information and The New York Occasions additionally referred to as the race for Jones.
“Thanks ALABAMA!!” Jones tweeted, shortly after his election social gathering in Birmingham burst into celebratory cheers.
The loss by Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Courtroom, shrinks the Republicans’ Senate majority to 51 within the 100-seat chamber, and reduces Trump’s margin for maneuver to the naked minimal.
By all accounts, it’s a humiliating setback for Republicans in Washington as they battle to go Trump’s legislative agenda by means of Congress and make the case that they’re the accountable stewards of presidency heading into the essential 2018 mid-term elections.
“Tonight, Alabama voters elected a senator who’ll make them proud,” tweeted Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who misplaced to Trump in final yr’s presidential race.
“And if Democrats can win in Alabama, we will — and should — compete in every single place.”
The race was being seen as a harbinger of whether or not the Republican Occasion can retain its slim Senate majority subsequent yr.
It carries terribly broad implications, and serves as a take a look at of the partisan nature of American politics at a time of acrimonious debate about President Donald Trump and his insurance policies.
The tumultuous election was buffeted for the previous month with the shock allegations by a number of ladies — first reported by The Washington Publish one month in the past — that Moore assaulted, molested or pursued a number of teenage women, together with sexually touching one who was 14 years previous on the time.