Former United States Attorney Doug Jones, a Democrat, was quick to move past the contentious battle that saw him pull off an upset victory against Republican challenger Roy Moore on Tuesday night, framing the race as a victory for the principles he campaigned on.
“I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than to divide us,” Jones said in his victory speech. “We have shown not just around the state of Alabama but we have shown the country the way that we can be unified.”
Jones becomes the first Democrat to win a Senate election in Alabama since the early 1990s. An outside contender for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just a few months ago, Jones surged in popularity after Moore became entangled in a sexual misconduct scandal involving multiple women who accused him of harassing them when they were underage and he was in his thirties.
Despite the acrimony that characterized the race – both within Alabama and on the national stage, where many pundits called it a referendum on President Trump – Jones sought to put the specter of Moore behind him.
“I have said from the very beginning this campaign has never been about me, it’s never been about Roy Moore. It has been about everyone one of you, every one of you and your sons and daughters. It’s all of those volunteers that knocked on 300,000 doors. It’s the volunteers who made 1.2 million phone calls around this state.”
Jones gave special thanks to the constituencies who turned out in force to deliver him the victory. “The African-American community, thank you. My friends – my friends in the Latino community, thank you. To all my Jewish friends, happy Hanukkah. We have built this everywhere we have gone. We have had that same energy. We’ve had that same excitement.”