Democrat Doug Jones has been certified as the winner of the contentious Alabama Senate race that pitted him against Republican challenger Roy Moore in a battle that captured the attention of voters nationwide and was largely viewed as a referendum on the GOP in the wake of Trump’s victory.
Moore, a former judge whose campaign became mired in controversy after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate behavior stemming back to when they were minors and he was in his thirties, had filed a restraining order in the hopes of preventing the Alabama canvassing board from certifying Jones’ victory on Thursday.
While Moore was once a shoe-in for the seat – especially since Alabama had not voted in a Democratic senator in decades – the scandal surrounding his candidacy granted Jones the opportunity to win the special election by roughly 22,000 votes.
“The election is over. It’s time to move on,” Sam Coleman, a spokesman for Jones, wrote in an email. He branded Moore’s lawsuit as a “desperate attempt… to subvert the will of the people.”
An attorney for Moore argued that the fraught election resulted in a historic win for Jones only after the Democrats pulled out several dirty tricks, including bussing voters from neighboring states and committing other acts of fraud.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement earlier this week.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that Jones would be certified as the winner on Thursday afternoon, which means he is slated to be sworn in on January 3. Merrill also claimed that no substantive evidence of voter fraud had been uncovered.