President Trump “likes” Doug Jones, thinks Moore concession probably “should have already happened”

December 15, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

While Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore continues to prolong his senatorial bid past its apparent expiration date, President Donald Trump is already moving on, forging a path for a potential relationship with Alabama’s new senator.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday, when asked if Trump thinks Moore should give his concession speech now, said Trump has been clear.

“I think the President’s position is pretty clear.  In his outreach to Doug Jones directly, he called and they spoke yesterday,” Sanders said. “He likes Doug Jones and looks forward to meeting him in person, and hopes that he will come and follow through on his commitment to work with the President on some things that they agree on.”

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Almost half of Trump voters did not vote for Roy Moore

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republicans never did fully get behind Roy Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

Moore’s supporters are among the most loyal voters in the state; but Moore failed to unite the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

Moore easily cruised over appointed Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary runoff. Moore only had 262,641 votes besting Strange’s 218,505; but in this incredibly heavily-publicized special election he would need more than just primary runoff voters and the Moore campaign and the Alabama Republican Party failed to mobilize the kind of get out the vote effort to increase voter turnout.

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John Knight, David Burkette in runoff for State Senate seat

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, and Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette received the most votes in the special Democratic Primary in Montgomery County’s state Senate District 26 special election.

The two will face off in a runoff to fill the District 26 seat vacated by Quinton Ross after he became the president of Alabama State University.

“Words cannot express how thankful I am. I appreciate all of your support. This journey is not over yet. I led the primary and with your help I will be elected your next Alabama Senator District 26!” Knight on social media.

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Winners and Losers of Special Election

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama garnered national and global attention from the U.S. Senate special election which vaulted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate. There are a number of winners and losers from this election.

The foremost winner is of course Doug Jones himself.  Jones has had a stellar legal career.  He has been a U.S. Attorney, an assistant U.S. attorney, a former aide to U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D), the successful prosecutor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers, and he is recognized as one of the foremost legal minds in the profession with a who’s who list of corporate and institutional clients.  He has had a stellar career; but now he is a Democrat rock star.  He walked into the heart of Trump country in the deep south and emerged victorious.  Nobody among Senate Democrats can match that accomplishment and the national press attention he has received gives him far wider popular name recognition than Senators who have served longer and have more political victories.

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Democrat Doug Jones’ win is one for the history books

December 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama politics did the only thing Alabama politics knows how to do: take the unexpected and make it into a reality, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones pulling off a historic upset. The election places a Democratic Senator from the Yellowhammer State in Congress for the first time in a quarter-century.

The newly elected senator and his campaign, built on an unlikely alliance of crossover Republicans, women, black voters and millennials, delivered a shockingly solid defeat to Republican candidate former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who, just a few months ago, was thought to be a shoe-in.

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Moore says that he will let the process play out before conceding election to Jones

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Even though the numbers show that Democrat Doug Jones was clearly the winner of the U.S. Senate seat, the Roy Moore campaign refused to concede and decided instead to wait for the final totals from the campaign to be tabulated.

“Wait on God and let this process play out,” Moore told his supporters.

“May God bless you as you go on, give you safe journey, and thank you for coming tonight,” Moore concluded when he dismissed his campaign watch party. “It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”

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A change in Alabama

December 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

This changes things.

Oh, don’t think that I’m going to launch into some sappy love-fest over Doug Jones’ victory Tuesday night. (And it was a victory. Not even Bob Riley and Billy Canary could dig up 20,000-plus votes to save Roy Moore.)

Jones’ victory alone doesn’t deserve a love-fest. The people of Alabama did what they should have done — prevented an awful candidate from becoming their U.S. Senator. You don’t get a cookie for doing the things you’re supposed to do. But you can be proud of doing the right thing, and I am proud of the results.

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Democrats cheer Doug Jones’ victory

December 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The voters of Alabama went to the polls Tuesday and elected Doug Jones to be their next U.S. senator.  The shocking come-from-behind victory was met with nationwide jubilation by Democrats and their allies.

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley said in a statement, “Tonight, the people of Alabama elected Doug Jones, a man of intelligence and character, to the United States Senate. Doug’s hard work, crisscrossing the state for weeks on end, paid off in a great victory for working families and the “kitchen table” issues that voters care about. He will continue to work hard to protect jobs for Alabamians, good schools, affordable health care and justice for everyone in our state.”

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Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones wins Senate race; first Democratic win since 1992

December 12, 2017

By APR Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama elected its first Democratic senator in over two decades Tuesday after a grueling seven-month long election cycle.

Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, faced a great challenge in overcoming the deficit polling between him and his opponent, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Jones trailed Moore for most of the campaign according to RealClearPolitics, which averages polls across various firms and media outlets.
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Moore holds election eve rally with Steve Bannon, other supporters in Midland

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 11, 2017, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore held a “Drain the Swamp rally” in Midland just 13 hours before Alabama voters go to the polls to decide whether they want to vote for Moore or Democrat Doug Jones to be their senator, replacing Jeff Sessions (R) who vacated the seat to become U.S. attorney general.

“We are not going to stand by and let people from out of state and California control this election,” Judge Roy Moore said. “Three years before I was born, 1944, America was in crisis. We were at war with Adolph Hitler and the armies of Nazi Germany.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said on the radio that many would die in that war; but we had faith. Three years later I was born. “In the 1960s, we started to forget God and we started to forget where our strength comes from.”

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