Alabama Senate race live updates: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore

  • Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
6:28 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 National/World News

Dec 12, 2017 11:58 PM EST The Associated Press, Fox News, CNN have declared Doug Jones the winner of the Alabama Senate election.  With all precincts  reporting, Doug Jones is ahead 49.9 percent to 48.4 percent for Roy Moore. Read more

MOBILE, Alabama – Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct. Moore did not immediately concede.

As Alabama’s special election neared the finish line on Monday, Moore, with the help of former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, renewed his call for voters to help him “clean the swamp.” 

Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, on Monday campaigned with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Barkley told supporters that Alabama has, “got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.” 

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The race, a special election being held to fill the Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has garnered national attention as allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore surfaced. 

Eight women have come forward to say Moore acted inappropriately toward them when they were in their teens and he in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.

Before his run for the Senate seat, Moore gained national attention when he was twice removed from his position as Alabama’s chief justice for violating judicial orders. 

Jones is the first Democrat to win an Alabama U.S. Senate seat in 20 years, when the state’s last Democratic Senator, Howell Heflin, retired. 

Dec 12, 2017 11:45 PM EST Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters "it's not over."

Dec 12, 2017 11:38 PM EST In Alabama, a candidate can have a recount of an election if he pays for it. An automatic recount is required if the difference in the number of votes in an election is one half of one percent or less.

Dec 12, 2017 11:35 PM EST Moore is speaking now. "God is always in control." He is quoting Psalm 140. "We have to wait on God. ... It's not over and it's going to take some time."

Dec 12, 2017 11:34 PM EST Roy Moore's campaign chairman is explaining that there is an Alabama law that requires a mandatory recount if the difference in the votes in an election is less than one-half of one percent. The current count puts Jones up by one-and-a-half percentage points.

Dec 12, 2017 11:16 PM EST Barkley slams Democrats for taking the black vote for granted. He says the election is a referendum for Democrats.

Dec 12, 2017 11:13 PM EST Charles Barkley says "It's a great night for Alabama. ...We really needed this. ...We got some amazing people here. ...I'm so proud of my state. They rose up today."

Dec 12, 2017 11:07 PM EST He quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as he thanks supporters and leaves the stage.

Dec 12, 2017 11:05 PM EST Jones to his future colleagues: "Take this election ... and go ahead and fund the CHIP program before I get there."

Dec 12, 2017 11:03 PM EST Jones: "This election was about the people of Alabama ... it's about the rule of law."

Dec 12, 2017 11:03 PM EST Jones: "To all my Jewish friends, happy Hanukkah"

Dec 12, 2017 11:01 PM EST Jones thanks Joe Trippi, Doug Turner and Giles Perkins (the "Yoda of the campaign")

Dec 12, 2017 10:59 PM EST Jones: "The people in Alabama have more in common than what divides us."

Dec 12, 2017 10:57 PM EST Jones tells the crowd it is his 25th wedding anniversary. He thanks his family and friends.
Dec 12, 2017 10:54 PM EST Doug Jones has made his way to the stage in Birmingham to address his supporters. He is holding a very cute little girl as he waves to the crowd. She's waving, as well.

Dec 12, 2017 10:38 PM EST With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Doug Jones is ahead 49.6 percent to 48.8 percent for Roy Moore.

Dec 12, 2017 10:34 PM EST The Associated Press, Fox News, CNN  have declared Doug Jones the winner of the Alabama Senate election.

Dec 12, 2017 10:26 PM EST The Associated Press has called Doug Jones as the winner of the Alabama Senate election.

Dec 12, 2017 10:22 PM EST With 88 percent of the precincts reporting, Doug Jones is ahead 49.6 percent to 48.8 percent for Roy Moore. 

Dec 12, 2017 10:20 PM EST With 86.5 percent of the precincts reporting, Doug Jones is ahead 49.6 percent to 48.9 percent for Roy Moore. 

Dec 12, 2017 10:17 PM EST With 85.5 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is tied with Doug Jones at 49.5 percent. 

Dec 12, 2017 10:08 PM EST With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 49.5 percent to 49 percent for Doug Jones. 

Dec 12, 2017 10:04 PM EST With 81 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 49.7 percent to 48.8 percent for Doug Jones. 

Dec 12, 2017 9:59 PM EST With 75 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 50.6 percent to 48 percent for Doug Jones. The percentage of voters who wrote in a name other than Moore or Jones is 1.4 percent.
Dec 12, 2017 9:48 PM EST With 69 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 51.8 percent to 46.8 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:41 PM EST With 64 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 53 percent to 45.5 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:33 PM EST With 54 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 50.6 percent to 48 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:26 PM EST With 46 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 52 percent to 46.7 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:21 PM EST With 41 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 51 percent to 46.5 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:14 PM EST With 30 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 52 percent to 46.7 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:09 PM EST With a quarter of all precincts reporting, Roy Moore leads Doug Jones 52.2 percent to 46.5 percent.

Dec 12, 2017 9:05 PM EST With 21 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 51.8 percent to 46.8 percent for Doug Jones.

Dec 12, 2017 9:03 PM EST With 16 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 50.8 percent to 47.9 percent.

Dec 12, 2017 8:58 PM EST With 13 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 49.8 percent to 49 percent.

Dec 12, 2017 8:52 PM EST With 7 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 53 percent to 45.6 percent.

Dec 12, 2017 8:49 PM EST With 5 percent of the precincts reporting, Roy Moore is ahead 50.6 to 48.4. 

Dec 12, 2017 8:47 PM EST With 4 percent of the precincts reporting, Doug Jones leads Roy Moore by 6 percentage points.

Dec 12, 2017 8:44 PM EST According to exit polling, white women are sticking with Roy Moore. 

Dec 12, 2017 8:42 PM EST Doug Jones leads by 8 percentage points over Roy Moore as 3 percent of the state's precincts are fully reported.

Dec 12, 2017 8:41 PM EST With fewer than 2 percent of the precincts reporting, Doug Jones maintains a lead of 58 percent to 41 percent.

Dec 12, 2017 8:29 PM EST With fewer than 1 percent of precincts reporting, Doug Jones leads by 19 percentage points over Roy Moore. About 6,000 votes have been counted.

Dec 12, 2017 8:04 PM EST Ninety-eight percent of Alabama Democrats who voted Tuesday voted for Doug Jones; 2 percent voted for Roy Moore. 

Dec 12, 2017 8:24 PM EST Roy Moore is winning 56-37 among voters who decided in the last few days. 

Dec 12, 2017 8:09 PM EST Fifty one percent of voters polled said that they do not share Doug Jones' value.

Dec 12, 2017 8:02 PM EST Ninety-one percent of Alabama Republicans who voted Tuesday voted for Roy Moore; 7 percent supported Doug Jones. Two percent wrote in a candidate. 

Dec 12, 2017 8:00 PM EST Polls have closed in Alabama's special election. 

Dec 12, 2017 7:51 PM EST Polls in Alabama close in less than 10 minutes.

Dec 12, 2017 7:32 PM EST The combined amount that all candidates and political groups have spent so far in the special election in Alabama is $42.7 million. The figure includes money spent by all candidates in the earlier primary and primary runoff phases, and the run up to the election. 

Dec 12, 2017 7:30 PM EST The polls close in 30 minutes. 

Dec 12, 2017 7:29 PM EST The amount of money spent on the Alabama special election so far - $47.2 million. 

Dec 12, 2017 7:23 PM EST Doug Jones ran 10,000 television spots during the special election campaign. Roy Moore ran 1,000 ads.

Dec 12, 2017 6:15 PM EST Fifty-four percent of Alabama voters who voted for DougJones said their opinion of Donald Trump had nothing to do with their vote. 

Dec 12, 2017 6:04 PM EST 69 percent of Alabama voters in exit polls Tuesday said they have an unfavorable view of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). 

Dec 12, 2017 5:53 PM EST The current exit poll numbers in Alabama: 

Abortion should be legal/illegal 

Abortion should be legal – 40 percent 

Abortion should be illegal - 54 percent 

Dec 12, 2017 5:52 PM EST The current exit poll numbers in Alabama: 

Evangelicals 

43 percent say they are evangelical or born again 

57 percent say they are not evangelical

Dec 12, 2017 5:51 PM EST The current exit poll numbers in Alabama: 

Party: 

Democrats 37 percent 

Republicans 43 percent 

Independents 20 percent 

Dec 12, 2017 5:49 PM EST The current exit poll numbers in Alabama: 

Voters: 

White 65 percent 

Black 30 percent 

Latino 2 percent 

Other 3 percent 

Dec 12, 2017 5:37 PM EST From CNN: Forty-five percent of those asked in exit polls across the state say they believe the allegations against Moore are "definitely or probably false." 

Dec 12, 2017 5:36 PM EST From CNN: Forty-nine percent of those asked in exit polls across the state say they believe the allegations against Moore are "definitely or probably true."

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