Alabammy bound

A thread for discussion of the count in the Alabama Senate race, where the face of modern Republicanism, Roy Moore, does battle with Democratic candidate Doug Jones for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions’ appointment to the Trump administration as Attorney-General.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. AP: BREAKING: Democrat Doug Jones wins election as U.S. senator from Alabama. @AP race call at 10:23 p.m. EST. #AlabamaElection #APracecall

  2. Doug Jones has won the election, according to A.P.

    Doug Jones
    576,204 49.6%
    Roy Moore
    567,888 48.8
    Total Write-Ins

    18,485 1.6

    Brilliant result…just brilliant.

  3. ezraklein: Tonight, Alabama did not elect a child predator who thinks Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress. That’s not the highest bar I can imagine for a democracy to clear, but I’m glad we cleared it.

  4. ezraklein: This is a point @chrislhayes has made before, but I am certain Mitch McConnell, who wouldn’t vote on Merrick Garland for a year so the American people could weigh in, won’t try to speed tax reform before Jones is seated and deny Alabamians their voice.

  5. From AAP

    “We’re up to our neck in people that don’t want change in Washington DC.” His wife Kayla defended her husband and rejected accusations of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism.

    “One of our attorneys is a Jew,” she said.

  6. Damning statement from Senate Leadership Fund CEO Steven Law: “This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running. Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into his fiasco.”

  7. Sessions was re-elected in 2014 so am I correct in assuming that Jones will be around until 2020?

    Imagine how much Jones would have won by if the Republicans hadn’t been actively suppressing the black vote.

  8. Voters in Alabama’s cities and most affluent suburbs overwhelmingly rejected Mr. Moore’s candidacy, an ominous sign for Republicans on the ballot next year in upscale districts. In Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham and some of the state’s wealthiest enclaves, Mr. Jones, the Democratic candidate, captured more than 68 percent of the vote. And in Madison County, home to Huntsville and a large NASA facility, Mr. Jones won 57 percent of the vote.

    While these Alabamians, many of them women, may have been appalled by the claims of sexual misconduct against Mr. Moore, results like these were not isolated to this race. They mirrored returns in last month’s statewide and legislative races in Virginia, a state filled with well-heeled suburbanites.

    These highly educated and high-income voters, while often open to supporting Republicans, are uneasy with the hard-edged politics of President Trump and part of the reason his approval ratings are so dismal. If Republican candidates facing well-off voters next year do not find a way to separate themselves from the president, they will face a punishing midterm election next year.

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