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For the first time in 25 years, Alabama looks to have elected a Democrat to the United States Senate. The dramatic upset has shaved Republicans' unstable Senate majority to a narrow 51-49 and given Democrats a much-needed boost ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections.
Alabama voters had to decide between Roy Moore, a Republican and former judge accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, and Doug Jones, a Democrat and career prosecutor, in a special Senate election carrying immense political implications.
Moore's previously assured victory in the deeply conservative state was thrown into doubt over the misconduct claims, though many predicted he'd still manage to pull off a victory. The race ended fittingly Tuesday with more controversy at a final rally where Moore’s wife raised eyebrows with remarks meant to inoculate her husband from charges of bigotry. She said Moore could not be anti-Semitic because the pair had a Jewish lawyer.
Jones, who is best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for bombing Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, vowed to pursue traditional Democratic policy aims in areas such as education and health care.
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