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.”
This is the first time that the Democrats have won a statewide race under Worley’s leadership.
Chairwoman Worley said, “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.
National Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Perez said, “We did it! Doug Jones has won Alabama’s special Senate election and is headed to Washington to become the state’s next U.S. Senator.”
“This is a victory for hardworking Alabama families and for Democrats nationwide,” Perez said. “Hundreds of thousands of supporters from all over the country rallied to make phone calls, send text messages, share social media posts, and donate whatever they could to help Doug get out the vote today. And we got the job done. Together.
“We’ve proven all year long that we can win anywhere when we invest in our state parties, mobilize the grassroots, and employ all of our best practices, tools, and technologies to help our candidates win,” Perez added. “We have all of the momentum heading into the new year — but we know that Trump and his Republicans are going to fight tooth and nail to keep control of Congress.”
“Tonight, we proved yet again that we can beat the GOP — with your help, we can take the fight to them in all 50 states,” Perez declared.
Staci Fox, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates said, “A victory for Doug Jones is a victory for Alabama and for women everywhere! On this day, Alabama elected a leader who has proven that he will fight for women, children, and families – no matter what. And on this day, Alabama took a stand for what is right. They took a stand for survivors of sexual assault and they trusted women. They made it clear that they will not tolerate this pervasive abuse of power – not in Alabama, and certainly not in the US Senate. Instead, Alabama elected a leader who embodies compassion, inclusivity, and integrity. We are honored to serve the people of Alabama and we look forward to working with Doug Jones to fight for access to reproductive health care for all.”
The Executive Vice Price President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Dawn Laguens said, “Today, Alabama voters sent a clear message: there is no place in the U.S. Senate for sexual predators, sexism, intolerance, or bigotry. Roy Moore tried to make this race about criminalizing abortion, and that failed. We applaud Alabama voters for choosing a champion that will fight to protect access to birth control, cancer screenings, and reproductive health care across the state and country. We will proudly support Doug Jones as he upholds a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions without politicians interfering.”
House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly said, “Congratulations to Senator-Elect Doug Jones on a tremendous victory in Alabama. In what was deemed an improbable win, voters across Alabama sent a loud and clear message that will resonate across the country—the politics of progress and solutions defeated the politics of hate and division. Moreover, it’s clear that voters are tired of the failed policies pushed by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump. While Doug Jones put forward a thoughtful, results-oriented agenda focused on lifting up hardworking Alabama families, Roy Moore ran a negative, dishonest, scandal ridden campaign focused on bitterness and stoking cultural divides. This victory proves that voters won’t stand for the toxic policies and divisive rhetoric pushed by a candidate like Roy Moore and a Republican party that supported his appalling campaign.”
Conservation Alabama congratulates Doug Jones on his election to the United States Senate.
“The people of Alabama have chosen a senator that will stand up for our shared conservation values in Washington,” Conservation Alabama Executive Director Tammy Herrington said. “We look forward to working with Doug Jones to protect our state’s lands and water and the people and communities that rely on them.”
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed Doug Jones for U.S. Senate in October.
“Jones’ election means that Alabama has a champion in our corner for federal policies like the Clean Water Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Herrington. “These protections make our state safer every day and preserve our natural resources for future generations of Alabamians to enjoy.”
Jones is expected to be sworn in some time in January.