Thursday 16 August 2018

Last-ditch appeal in Roy Moore Senate bid is rejected

Roy Moore alleged there had been voting irregularities. Photo: AP
Roy Moore alleged there had been voting irregularities. Photo: AP

Kim Chandler Montgomery

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones has been officially declared the winner of a US Senate race after a judge rejected Republican Roy Moore's last-ditch effort to stop the certification of Jones's historic upset in a deep-red state.

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

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Jones will be certified as the winner of the December 12 election and will be sworn in on January 3.

A spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore's action a "desperate attempt ... to subvert the will of the people. The election is over. It's time to move on," said Sam Coleman.

Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes. Moore's campaign was deeply wounded by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls decades ago.

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

Moore's attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states.

Irish Independent

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