14 December 2017 - Roy Moore Loses Alabama Senate Race, But Refuses to Concede
Roy Moore refusing to concede Alabama Senate race, says 'battle rages on'
Mark Osborne (ABC News, 14/12/2017)
Twenty-four hours after Democrat Doug Jones claimed an upset victory in Alabama's senatorial election, controversial candidate Roy Moore is refusing to concede the race.
Moore released a video on Wednesday night, saying "the battle rages on," and vowing every ballot should be counted.
"In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots," Moore said in the video. "This has been a very close race -- and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state."
Jones gave Democrats a much-needed adrenaline shot by beating Moore, the evangelical former state judge whose campaign was marred by multiple accusations of sexual assault and child molestation.
And the morning after, Democrats immediately seized upon the remarkable win, which cuts Republican majority in the Senate to one, as a sign of more victories to come in 2018.
Richard Fausset and Campbell Robertson (The New York Times, 13/12/2017)
Joanice Thompson, 68, a retired worker at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, scrolled Tuesday through the text messages on her phone from relatives reminding each other what needed to be done. Byron Perkins, 56, a trial lawyer, said his Facebook feed was clogged with photos of friends sporting the little “I Voted” stickers given out at polling places. Casie Baker, 29, a bank worker, said her family prodded and cajoled and hectored each other until the voting was done.
The message was largely received: African-American voters played an essential role in electing the Democrat, Doug Jones, over his scandal-scarred Republican rival, Roy S. Moore, in a special election on Tuesday for an open Senate seat that proved to be one of the most shocking upsets in recent memory.
Ryan Sit (Newsweek, 13/12/2017)
It wasn’t close. Most of the white people who showed up at polling sites for the special election to fill Jeff Sessions’s vacant Senate seat, whether male or female, college educated or not, voted for the Republican candidate.
“This is the deep south,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and has an “extremist profile” of Moore on its site. “The reality is that white voters in Alabama would be willing to vote for almost any Republican, unfortunately.”