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  • Alabama Senate Race: Doug Jones Wins!
    Posted On: Dec 13, 2017

    Alabama Senate special election results: Doug Jones wins!!

    Democrat Doug Jones, a widely respected former U.S. attorney, has narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore, the embattled former chief justice, in Alabama's special Senate election. That makes Jones the first Democrat to be elected to the United States Senate in Alabama in 25 years. 

    With all counties reporting, the Alabama Secretary of State reported Jones with 49.92 percent of the vote, and Moore with 48.38 percent of the vote. 

    "This entire race has been about dignity and respect," Jones said in his victory speech. "This campaign has been about the rule of law."

    But Moore says he isn't conceding yet. He wants a recount, he said in brief remarks late Tuesday night. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN any candidate can request a recount, if they pay for it on their own. But he also said it's very unlikely the outcome for Jones changes. 

    Jones' win gives Republicans just a 51-49 edge in the Senate. 

    As-it-happened updates:

    11:49 p.m. Alabama secretary of state says Jones will likely still win

    Despite Moore's call for a recount election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told CNN it's "highly unlikely" the end result will be anything other than a Jones win. Merrill said any candidate can request a recount, if they pay for it. 

    11:34 p.m. Moore says he isn't conceding

    In what was believed to be a concession speech, Moore said "it's not over" and talked about a recount. The issue will be revisited in the morning, he said. 

    But Alabama state law allows for an automatic recount only when the vote is within half of a percent. 

    11:30 p.m.: Here is how Jones won:

    11:10 p.m. Trump responds to Jones' victory

    President Trump tweeted congratulations to Jones, saying Republicans would have another chance.

    10:56 p.m. CBS News calls race for Jones, who claims victory

    "I think that I have been waiting all my life and now I just don't know what the hell to say," Jones said, taking the stage. 

    "I have always believed that the people of Alabama had more in common than what would divide us," he added. 

    READ MORE HERE: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alabama-senate-race-doug-jones-wins-special-election-results-2017-12-12-live-updating/


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