Democrat Doug Jones took an election night victory lap on Tuesday after pulling off a huge upset against embattled Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election.
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Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.
In his victory speech, Jones told the cheering crowd of supporters that his campaign was about “finding common ground” and that Alabamians led by example in showing the rest of the country how to be united.
“I am truly overwhelmed,” Jones said at his election night party in Birmingham. “I have said throughout this campaign that I thought that Dec. 12 was going to be a historic day.”
“We have shown the country the way that we can be unified,” Jones continued.
Jones’s historic victory was a blow to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and Republicans, who now have just a 51-49 edge in the Senate, which complicates their legislative agenda.
Moore faced damaging sexual misconduct allegations that prompted Republicans to distance themselves from the former state Supreme Court chief justice in the final month before the race.
“At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect,” Jones said. “This campaign has been about the rule of law.”