Vastavam web: Doug Jones today became the first Democrat in 25 years to win a Senate seat from the US state of Alabama after scoring an upset victory over President Donald Trump-backed candidate Roy Moore, whose campaign was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.Moore’s defeat marks a major political blow to Trump, who endorsed the Alabama Republican and held a rally on his behalf. Although most national Republicans rushed to distance themselves from Moore in the aftermath of the allegations against him, Trump reaffirmed his support through tweets and public statements.
Jones unexpected victory also narrows the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.With 99 per cent of the votes counted, Moore, who fought allegations that he had molested or pursued relationships with teenage girls in the 1970s when he was in his 30s and an assistant district attorney, refused to concede.”Democrats pull off an upset in Alabama,” The New York Times said as it declared victory for Jones. The daily described as a rare Democratic victory in a staunchly Republican state.
According to Time magazine, Jones’ victory in Alabama, “was arguably aided by the rocky candidacy” of Moore.With this victory, Jones a former US attorney, has become the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama since 1992.”Doug Jones will be an outstanding Senator who will represent Alabama well. He was a great candidate and will be an even better Senator,” Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer said.”The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” tweeted the US President.Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said Jones’ win was a massive victory for the country.
“In a sharp rebuke of Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and their anti-American, hate-filled agenda, voters in Alabama blocked a paedophile bigot from serving in the US Senate.Allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore drew national attention to the special election.