Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones shocked the political world on Tuesday as he is now the projected winner of the special U.S. Senate election in Alabama, according to the AP, defeating Republican opponent and accused child molester Roy Moore in one of the most controversial Senate races in history.
BREAKING: Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 13, 2017
The stunning victory comes after weeks of women coming forward with credible allegations that Moore made unwanted sexual advances on them, some when they were just teenagers.
Instead of taking accountability for his disturbing behavior, Moore clung to the Trump playbook and attacked the women accusing him and the media for reporting their stories.
Unlike in 2016, when Trump eked out an electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton, that strategy failed and Jones will be heading to the U.S. Senate.
Not only does the race represent a loss for Moore, but it’s another major setback for Donald Trump, who was a vocal supporter of the Senate nominee, particularly toward the end of the campaign when the president hit the trail for the controversial Republican candidate.
At a Florida rally just days ago, Trump told Alabama voters to “get out and vote for Roy Moore,” despite the credible allegations made against him by numerous women.
With the administration yet to achieve any substantive legislative accomplishment all year, losing another Republican vote in the Senate when they can’t even pass anything now will only add fuel to the raging dumpster fire of Trump’s winless presidency.
The Democratic wave last month in places like Virginia and New Jersey was a positive sign for a party that has newfound momentum in the era of Trump, but conservative pundits claimed it was to be expected in those two states, which Hillary Clinton won in 2016.
Tuesday’s results in Alabama prove that the blue wave is not a fluke – it’s happening. And it should have the Republican Party from coast to coast sounding the alarm ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.