Democrat hails new chapter for USA after Senate win over controversial Republican

Glen Norman
December 29, 2017

Minutes before the Alabama election canvassing board met to certify the result, a circuit judge in Montgomery County denied Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch request for a temporary restraining order to prevent certifying Jones as victor. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all".

Mr Moore's attorney wrote in the complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election and said there should be a fraud investigation and eventually a new election. Central time event, a Montgomery County circuit court judge had denied Moore's attempt to obtain a restraining order to stop the state's action.

Moore, whose campaign filed a last-minute "election fraud" complaint on Thursday just before the results were certified just after 2 p.m. EST, claimed that widespread voter fraud had contributed to his more than 20,000 vote loss to Jones, a number that was not significantly altered by the inclusion of military and provisional ballots that were later counted.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is pictured shortly after certification of the special election. Merrill added that Jones will officially be sworn into the Senate by Vice President Mike Pence on January 3.

Republican US Senate hopeful Roy Moore has filed a lawsuit to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the victor of this month's election.

Jones won 49.97 percent of the vote compared to Moore's 48.34 percent, a margin of almost 22,000 votes out of 1.35 million cast, officials said - a record for a special election.

Moore declined to concede defeat even after Trump urged him to do so. He's filling the seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mr. Merrill did not immediately respond to a text message.

In a brief meeting Thursday at the Alabama Capitol, the governor, attorney general and secretary of state signed paperwork certifying the final ballot numbers.

Merrill said the allegations of voting irregularities by Moore's team had been thoroughly investigated and found to be baseless, while a judge threw out a suit seeking to delay the results certification.

Roy Moore, already controversial for his comments about groups like Muslims and LGBT individuals, lost the Alabama special election after nine women came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Sam Coleman said: "The election is over".

He also said he completed a lie detector test after the election that he argued proved the allegations against him were false. The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County.

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