Monday 12 November 2018

Democrat declared winner of Alabama Senate seat as judge rejects Republican lawsuit

Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters in Birmingham, Alabama after his election to the US Senate. Photo: Getty Images
Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters in Birmingham, Alabama after his election to the US Senate. Photo: Getty Images
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Democrat Doug Jones has officially been declared the winner of a US Senate race in Alabama after a judge rejected a last-ditch legal bid by his opponent.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick on Thursday denied Republican Mr Moore's request for a restraining order to stop Alabama's canvassing board from certifying Mr Jones' victory.

Mr Jones will be sworn in on January 3.

A spokesman for Mr Jones earlier called Mr Moore's action a "desperate attempt ... to subvert the will of the people".

Sam Coleman said: "The election is over. It's time to move on."

Mr Jones defeated Mr Moore by about 20,000 votes in the election on December 12 in the strongly Republican state.

Mr Moore's campaign was deeply wounded by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago.

Mr Moore denied the accusations and said he has taken and passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.

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