Montgomery [USA], December 29 (ANI): Democrat Doug Jones was declared the winner of the special Senate election, by Alabama election officials over Republican Roy Moore, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.
Jones will be sworn-in on January 3, narrowing the Republican's advantage in the US Senate to 51-49. He will take over the seat from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term will expire in January 2021.
Moore accused Jones of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred some decades ago. The Republican had even filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, but an Alabama judge rejected his claims, saying that they found no evidence of voting irregularities.
Sam Coleman, a spokesman for Jones called Moore's lawsuit "a desperate attempt to subvert the will of the people". He also said, "the elections are now over and it was time to move on."
Moore's attorney wrote in a statement that he believed there were irregularities during the elections, including that voters may have been brought in from other states. He also said that Moore had sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud.
"The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore's numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election," the statement added.