President Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones following his stunning victory in the Alabama Senate race over Roy Moore, who faced accusations of sexual misconduct from nine women.
Trump, who endorsed Moore, tweeted, “Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. 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!”
Jones won with less than a one-point lead to become the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama since 1992.
The victory narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49, putting the Republican tax, budget and health proposals on a knife’s edge.
Moore, backed by former White House strategist Steve Bannon, was a shoo-in with a double-digit lead until he was accused of groping, assaulting, and making sexual advances toward victims as young as 14.
Doug Jones greets supporters during his election night gathering the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.
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Democrats on Tuesday night celebrated Jones’ triumph and heralded the party’s push to reclaim House and Senate majorities in the 2018 midterm elections.
Joe Biden wrote, “Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.”
Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Tonight, Alabama voters elected a senator who’ll make them proud. And if Democrats can win in Alabama, we can — and must — compete everywhere. Onward!”
Tim Kaine, her running mate in the 2016 presidential elections, framed Jones’ victory as a rebuke of Trump, writing, “No Moore Trump!”
“Congratulations to my friend @GDouglasJones. He’ll be a great colleague. President Trump went all in for Roy Moore, but proud Alabamians wisely repudiated their behavior,” he wrote.
Kirsten Gillibrand, who was attacked by Trump earlier Tuesday after she called for his resignation, wrote, “Congrats, @GDouglasJones, on your win in Alabama! This is a victory for showing up, fighting to the end, and standing for what’s right.”
Republican senate nominee Roy Moore rides a horse to a polling station to cast his ballot in Alabama’s special Senate election Tuesday in Gallant, Ala.
Moderate members of the GOP also celebrated the results. Jeff Flake, the Republican senator from Arizona who has been vocal in his criticism of Trump, tweeted, “Decency wins.”
Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, didn’t mince her words when she tweeted, “Suck it, Bannon.”
Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., pointed to the significance of voters in Selma, Ala. — a city pivotal in the civil rights movement.
“Selma, Lord, Selma. It’s no coincidence that Selma, where blood was shed in the struggle for voting rights for Black people, pushed #DougJones ahead for good. #Alabama.”
Eric Holder, the attorney general under former President Barack Obama, tweeted, “Doug Jones wins!! In spite of suppression efforts. In spite of Trump. In spite of Bannon. In spite of fear mongering. Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama = trend. See you in 2018 — in every race in every part of this great nation.”