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Posted: December 12, 2017

Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore

What You Need To Know: Doug Jones


Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore
MIDLAND CITY, AL - DECEMBER 11: People wait for the arrival of Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore to speak during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Mr. Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in tomorrow's special election for the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

MOBILE, Alabama – Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct.

As Alabama’s special election neared the finish line on Monday, Moore, with the help of former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, renewed his call for voters to help him “clean the swamp.” 

Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, on Monday campaigned with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Barkley told supporters that Alabama has, “got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.” 

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The race, a special election being held to fill the Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has garnered national attention as allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore surfaced. 

Eight women have come forward to say Moore acted inappropriately toward them when they were in their teens and he in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.

Before his run for the Senate seat, Moore gained national attention when he was twice removed from his position as Alabama’s chief justice for violating judicial orders. 

Jones is the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate seat in 20 years.

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