MONTGOMERY, Ala. (NBC News) – Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a political upset Tuesday, beating Republican Roy Moore in the hotly contested Alabama Senate race. He’s the first Democrat to flip the state’s Senate seat in more than two decades.
Moore is not conceding and is laying the groundwork for a possible recount.
“When the vote is this close it’s not over, and we still have to go by the rules,” said Moore.
Still, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to find a path to a mandatory recount.
The embattled Republican’s campaign was weakened by a bombshell November Washington Post report, in which several women accused him of unwanted romantic advances and even sexual assault when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.
President Donald Trump, who strongly endorsed Moore had a restrained reaction to the loss on Twitter, writing, “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win.”
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