Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat In Stinging Rebuke Of Trump/Bannon

Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat In Stinging Rebuke Of Trump/Bannon

Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat In Stinging Rebuke Of Trump/Bannon

The Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore for the open Alabama Senate seat. Jones’s victory brings the GOP advantage in the Senate down to 51-49, which could have huge ramifications for Republicans trying to advance policy initiatives in the near future.

Almost from the time when returns began coming in shortly after 8 p.m EST Tuesday night, Roy Moore held a substantial lead in the race. But later, as returns from larger, more urban and suburban counties began coming in in waves, Jones pulled ahead, and the news services soon began calling the race for Jones.

Perhaps more than anything else, Jones’s victory in a deeply GOP state like Alabama gives Democrats an unexpected reason for hope that the country might be starting to reject the slash-and-burn political style and populist agenda of Donald Trump and his idealogical wingman Steve Bannon.

Trump attached himself to the Moore’s cause aggressively toward the end of the campaign. The president campaigned for Moore, and even recorded robo-calls for the candidate. Bannon, too, had been a fierce advocate of Moore, who appealed strongly to evangelicals in Alabama. Bannon said repeatedly in speeches that the race for the Alabama Senate seat was a referendum on Donald Trump.

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