On Tuesday, December 12, Republican Roy Moore lost the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Session's vacant Senate seat. Senator-elect Doug Jones is the first Democrat Alabama has elected since the early 1990s, in part due to myriad controversies surrounding Moore. Judge Moore has been twice removed from the bench as a result of his defiance of federal rulings. Just last year, he was ousted after ordering probate judges to ignore the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage and refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In a move anyone familiar with Moore's history will find unsurprising, the former candidate is refusing to concede the election to Jones, claiming he is waiting for every ballot to be counted.
In a December 15 email to his supporters, Moore asked for contributions to his "Election Integrity Fund" and claimed, "this battle is NOT OVER!"
Odds Roy Moore concession speech includes claims of voter fraud and not accepting the results?— David Baker (@audavidb) December 13, 2017
Maybe I'm paranoid, but I'd bet my Ford Fiesta we are in for claims of voter fraud from the president and Roy Moore.— Trav Pope (@travpope) December 13, 2017
Even Moore's Republican allies, including President Donald Trump (who went so far as to cut a robo-call in support of the candidate), have said Moore should concede the race.
So we have to deal now with another Democrat in the Senate, but Roy Moore lost that election. It’s over. We’ll move on and do the best that we can in the days ahead to continue to move an agenda forward that is good for the American people.
Roy Moore still refuses to concede. This is a guy who has never understood that “no means no.”— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) December 14, 2017
Doug Jones acknowledged on NBC's Today Show that sometimes it's difficult to move on from a bitterly fought race, but also said there was "no doubt" in his mind regarding the results of the elections, and that Moore would "do well to go ahead and let's get this behind us." The results of the election will be officially certified between December 26 and January 3.