Democrats in Alabama celebrated after former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset victory and became the first Democrat elected in the state in more than 20 years.
Moore was a heavy favorite in the solidly red state, but as allegations of improper contact with under-age girls swirled around him, Jones crept up in the polls, pulling ahead in some, as Election Day neared.
Democrats gathered in Birmingham to watch returns come in and watched as the numbers tightened as the last results came, then exploded in celebration as the race was called for Jones.
In Montgomery, a somber mood descended on what was planned to be a Moore victory celebration before the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice took the stage and put the outcome in God’s hands.
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With the exception of some Democrats like Rep. John Lewis of neighboring Georgia and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, most Democrats chose to donate money rather than campaign at the risk of being seen as intervening in the race.
This gave increased promise to African-American leaders in the state like Rep. Terri Sewell, the only Democrat the Yellowhammer State’s congressional delegation.
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, a native of Leeds who played basketball at Auburn University, vigorously campaigned for Jones and was at the election night party.
Ahead of the race, Moore, who was removed twice from the Supreme Court, continued his regular tradition of riding his horse to the polls.