Politics

Election Day in Alabama in Pictures

Dec. 12 as captured by Roll Call photographer Bill Clark

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrates his victory over Republican candidate Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday. Jones faced off against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Here’s a look at Election Day in Alabama in photos:

Supporters of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Jones faced off against Judge Roy Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Supporters of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory in Birmingham. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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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.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 12: Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., shakes hands with supporters of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones after his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Jones faced off against Judge Roy Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., shakes hands with Jones supporters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 12: Former NBA star Charles Barkley makes his way backstage to help Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Jones faced off against Judge Roy Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Former NBA star Charles Barkley makes his way backstage to help Jones. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: A voter enters the polling station at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, to vote in the special election to fill Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. In the foreground is a historical marker noting a 1963 civil rights march to the courthouse to register African-American women as voters. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
 A voter enters the polling station at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham on Tuesday. In the foreground is a historical marker noting a 1963 civil rights march to the courthouse to register African-American women as voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of the race, Moore, who was removed twice from the Supreme Court, continued his regular tradition of riding his horse to the polls.

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Judge Roy Moore rides away on his horse after voting at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department in Gallant, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Moore rides away on his horse Sassy after voting at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department.. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Judge Roy Moore ties his horse to a fence as he arrives to vote at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department in Gallant, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Moore ties his horse to a fence as he arrives to vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Judge Roy Moore speaks to the media with his wife Kayla at his side after voting at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department in Gallant, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Moore speaks to the media with his wife Kayla after voting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 12: Voters leave the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department in Gallant, Ala., after voting in the Alabama U.S. Senate special election on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. The polling station is where Judge Roy Moore votes. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Voters leave the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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