On Tuesday night, the special election for a senate seat in the state of Alabama concluded with Doug Jones as the victor over his opponent Roy Moore. The special election was held after Jeff Sessions was appointed as the United States attorney general leaving an open seat.
Doug Jones is the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Alabama and the prosecutor responsible for the indictments of two Ku Klux Klan members who carried out the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in 1963. He was also able to indict Eric Rudolph the Olympic Park Bomber, which lead to a life sentence after he plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. Jones’ election to Alabama state senate would mean he is the first Democrat to be elected in the last 25 years.
Jones’ securing of the senate seat in Alabama is a huge victory for democrats as the republican majority now holds an advantage of only one seat.
The election results come as a surprise to many as Alabama held a long standing conservative trend. This may be a result of the multiple sexual assault allegations that haunted Roy Moore throughout his campaign for the seat. Moore repeatedly denies the charges against him claiming that he assault a girl in her teens, and pursued 3 other teenagers romantically.