Alabama makes Jones win official as Moore's last-ditch challenge fails

Katrina Barker
December 29, 2017

Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn in Midland City, Alabama, on December 11, 2017. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all".

Alabama election officials have officially declared Democrat Doug Jones the victor of a special Senate election held earlier this month.

Minutes before the Alabama election canvassing board met to certify the result, a circuit judge in Montgomery County denied Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch request for a temporary restraining order to prevent certifying Jones as victor.

Roy Moore is trying to hold up the certification of Doug Jones as victor of the U.S. Senate special election.

"I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama", he said.

An Alabama district court on Thursday rejected the Moore campaign's challenge.

During an interview with CNN, Merrill, who voted for Moore, outlined some of the voter fraud claims his office has had to deal with in the weeks that followed Jones's surprise victory and Moore's refusal to concede the race. Alabama election officials also found no evidence of voting irregularities.

A spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore's action a "desperate subvert the will of the people".

Moore did not say, however, whether he would seek a recount.

The complaint also contains an affidavit from Mr Moore "stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false". "It's time to move on", Sam Coleman wrote in an email.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Moore's complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an election.

Prominent conservatives who allege voter fraud is more prevalent than evidence now suggests declined to add their voice to Moore's complaint.

Trump congratulated Jones after the unofficial vote counts were tallied, but said in a tweet sent later that day that "the deck was stacked against" Moore.

Merrill's office received roughly 120 complaints of voter fraud, mostly from sources outside Alabama, and roughly 70% had already been investigated and adjudicated.

Moore denied all allegations, and his campaign doubled down on some of his more controversial positions.

Moore and Jones ran for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, a Republican who became the US attorney general. He said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".

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