BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WPRI/AP) — Alabama elected Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state dealt a stark political blow to President Donald Trump and narrowed the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two seats.
Jones, a lawyer who prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen who killed four black girls in a 1963 church bombing, is the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama since 1992. (The Democrat who won that year, Richard Shelby, became a Republican two years later and is still a senator today.)
Jones, the state’s former U.S. attorney, beat Republican Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose campaign was upended by allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls amid a national reckoning with such sordid conduct.
Polls closed around 8 p.m. in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.