Please, no Moore.
An Alabama judge on Thursday denied defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore’s last-minute attempt to delay his opponent from being certified as the state’s next senator.
Moore filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Ala., calling for an investigation into claims of possible voter fraud.
Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied his dispute and Jones was certified moments later as the winner of the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Moore, accused during the campaign of molesting, sexually assaulting and pursuing teenage girls when he was younger, said that three experts had found that fraud “improperly altered the outcome of the election.”
Jones defeated Moore by 21,924 votes.
One “expert” named by Moore was Richard Charnin, who has claimed to have “mathematically proved a conspiracy to assassinate” President John F. Kennedy.
Moore, who was accused of molesting a 14-year-old, claimed that voter fraud was behind his loss.
A website run Charnin specializes in writings about election fraud and notes about JFK conspiracies.
In a blog post from earlier this month, Charnin cites the “the FACT that the recorded vote is ALWAYS fraudulent” and claims that President Trump won the 2016 popular vote, which he lost by nearly 3 million.
While Charnin calling the Alabama victory of Jones fraudulent is therefore not surprising, Moore’s camp said that a thorough investigation should be launched based on his expertise.
Most analysts chalk up Jones’ win to a higher-than-expected turnout of black voters and younger voters who were disturbed by Moore’s history of bigoted behavior and his discrimination against gay people and Muslims.
Moore, twice elected and twice removed as chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, refused to concede defeat to Jones following the Dec. 12 election.
He said that military and provisional ballots still needed to be counted, though the Alabama Secretary of State has already said that those roughly 5,000 votes were not enough to close the gap.
Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race
The 70-year-old also said in the suit that he completed a lie detector test after the election he argued proved the sexual misconduct allegations against him were false.
“Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false,” Moore’s campaign said in a statement.
Moore was accused of molesting a 14-year-old and sexual assault of a 16-year-old in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he was in his 30s.
Moore said that the results show “that I did not know, nor had I ever had any sexual conduct with any of these individuals.”
He said that the results could be re-tested if his accusers also submit to polygraph tests.