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Moore says he has “no regrets”

Roy Moore is surrounded by supporters and media after leaving the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 27, 2016 as the lottery is held to pick the judges who will hear his appeal.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said that he has no regrets following his opponent’s state certification as the winner of the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senator.

Moore had asked the state canvassing board to postpone the decision and to continue to investigate allegations of voter fraud.  When Secretary of State John Merrill refused, Moore sought a restraining order from the courts.  Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore’s request to stop Alabama’s canvassing board from certifying Doug Jones.

“Election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election. Even the Secretary of State himself was forced to stop fraudulent and intimidating advertisements from an organization known as Highway 31, predominantly funded by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC,” Moore said in a statement.  “I’ve had to fight not only the Democrats but also the Republican Senate Leadership Fund and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment.”

Moore had no apologies.

“I have stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama.  I have no regrets. To God be the glory,” Moore said.

There is speculation that this will be Moore’s last campaign.  Moore’s politics and views on the Constitution, morality, the role of God in government, and judicial ethics have been widely criticized; but this is the first election where most of the attacks were personal.  GOP Primary opponent Luther Strange attacked Moore’s charity, the Foundation for Moral Law for ethics issues; but it was the Washington Post that released a story of five women who claim that they were mistreated by Moore in the 1970s, including one, Leigh Korfman, who claims she was fondled on a date with a then single Moore in 1979 when Korfman was just 14.  Moore has vehemently denied all of the accusations but the story was released just four weeks before the general election.

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Moore claims that voter fraud cost him the election, but at this point has not produced actual hard evidence that that is what happened.

Former Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator on Wednesday.  Jones is the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate since Howell Heflin retired at the end of 1996.  Jones was a former aide for Heflin, who passed away in 2005.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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