Roy Moore Refuses To Concede: "We've Got To Go By The Rules"

With 100% of precincts reporting, Doug Jones has officially defeated Republican Roy Moore in what was undoubtedly one of the most controversial special elections in modern history. But unsurprisingly, given the obstinance he displayed by steadfastly refusing to step aside following allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with teenagers, managing to infurate conservative commentator Matt Drudge in the process...

... Moore is taking it one final step too far, and is refusing to concede.

In a late-night speech to his supporters (not a concession speech, mind you), Moore said he realizes that “when the vote is that close, it’s not over,” later saying that “it’s going to take some time” before the final outcome is determined.

Moore suggested that the state’s “recount provision” – which allows for a recount when the margin between the two leading candidates is less than half a percentage point – could still tilt the race in his favor.

“We’ve still got to go by the rules about this recount provision. The Secretary of State has explained it to us, and we’re expecting that reporters will go up there and find out what’s going on.”

However, as Jones pulled away, it quickly became apparent that a recount would be unlikely. The final margin was 1.5 percentage points, more than enough to clinch an uncontested victory for the Democratic former prosecutor.

Jones’s victory was aided by heavy turnout among Democrats in the state’s largest urban centers, including Birmingham and Mobile, and wealthy Republicans in the state’s suburbs abandoning Moore in favor of a write-in candidate.

As the New York Times reported, about 20,000 voters wrote in a third candidate – a margin that’s roughly equivalent with Jones’s margin of victory.

Shortly after Moore's speech, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was asked by CNN's Jake Tapper if he expected "anything other than Mr. Jones being the next senator from the state of Alabama."

"I would find that highly unlikely to occur, Jake," Merrill said.

In his victory speech, Jones to his supporters in Birmingham, where he said 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 have said throughout this campaign that I thought Dec. 12 was going to be a historic day," Jones said.

Jones also noted Tuesday's election fell on the same day as his 25th wedding anniversary, saying “Dec. 12 has always been a historic day for the Jones family.” Jones is the first Democrat to win an Alabama senate seat in 25 years.

While stock futures dumped after it became apparent that Jones would win, they’ve already climbed back. Despite the typical back-and-forth yesterday about when the reconciled bill would be finalized, investors still expect the plan to be signed into law before the end of the year. As we discussed earlier, yesterday’s vote needs to certified before Jones can take the oath of office. That’s unlikely to happen before the new year.

Comments

BarkingCat Buckaroo Banzai Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:01 Permalink

I don't understand why the Republicans still do something about that.It would be quite simple to send operatives to polling stations that are suspected targets of busing. While the bus is parked the operative simply deflates couple of tires and problem is solved. The people bussed in get to vote once and then they have to wait till the tires get repaired before they can move on thus cutting down on the possibility of going to another polling station.

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chunga NoDebt Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:36 Permalink

The blue voters stick together because they don't care about anything.The red voters are disgusted with the performance from congress and the maverick outsider has wrung about all he can from not being Hill'rey and bombastic tweets.Go ahead and junk away, it's true so get used to it.

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bigkahuna chunga Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:45 Permalink

The dems have a rock solid contingent of FSA voters who can be counted on to rob Peter. What they do not understand is that Paul does not get paid, the plunder goes for hookers and blow (literal and figurative) for the MIC-polibankstrs.You can't tell them that though. The lalalala! defense comes up and they choose to remain ignorant so they do not have to acknowledge that their fantasy world does not exist.The rest of that group are a bunch of virtue signalling fools who don't care if they are nuking the people they claim to support, so long as they look good.

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BarkingCat curbjob Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:35 Permalink

So I looked at this twice removed from office issue. I actually have no problem with him telling the federal court to go fuck itself that cost his first removal. The federal courts of reach the authority way too much. There is such thing as state rights. I also have no problem with him refusing to issue marriage licenses to faggots and dykes no matter what the US supreme Court said.I can think of a long long list of decisions by the US supreme Court that are absolutely unconstitutional but they don't give a shit. Should we start with the Obamacare decision? Or should we go to the time of FDR and the Wickard v. Filburn decision?How about the decision that allows Monsanto to sue farmers for patent violations when the farmers' crops get cross-pollinated by the Monsanto GMO crops. Yes, Monsanto fucks up your crops and then to add insult to injury, they sue you for stealing their technology and the US supreme Court is fine with it.

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JimmyJones curbjob Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:04 Permalink

Let me understand this, govts have to  store just about every single record from a dog license to a electricians license to he'll just about everything for a minimum of 7 years but voter records one of the most important things that determine who sits in and high office get to be immediately destroyed come on now doesn't that stink to high heaven? It's not even like storage is expensive these days buy a 4 terabyte drive for about $100.

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