Democrat Doug Jones Wins the Alabama Senate Seat

By Kyler Telge, Staff Writer

For the first time in about 25 years, Alabama has elected a Democrat for its Senate seat. Democrat Doug Jones wins the seat ousting Roy Moore.

This is quite an upset and Republican candidate Roy Moore has already called for a recount. The Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, reported Jones with 49.92 percent of the vote, and Moore with 48.38 percent of the vote. This difference in percentages is enough to avoid a recount.Traditionally only half of a percentage difference would warrant a recount like 49.5% and 49% of the votes for example. As of right now, a recount seems unlikely as the Trump-backed candidate reels in surprise at his loss.

This is a great victory for all Alabamians, and a clear signal that Alabama Democrats will be on the offensive and ready to win in 2018.”

— Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley

Democratic Senator of Alabama Doug Jones

With this new elected Democrat, some are calling for a delay to recent Republican moves like the finalization of the tax bill although it looks like the election has just sped up the process to write it into legislation. Democratic senators like Kamala Harris have stated on Twitter that the finalization of the bill should wait until Doug Jones is sworn in so that Alabama’s voters’ voices are heard.