Finally the special election for the senate seat which was vacated by former Senator Jeff Session is over.
Candidate, Doug Jones, a Democrat who was former U.S. Attorney managed to win the election from former justice of Supreme Court of Alabama, Roy Moore, and a Republican. There were much publicity and discussion about these two candidates, in particular about Judge Roy Moore’s past.
Judge Moore was accused by series of women for sexual misconduct, molestation of young girls as young as fourteen years of age. In fact when he was assistant district attorney in his mid-thirties, he was banned from certain shopping center as he was praying on young and innocent girls in their teens.
The allegations against him became so outrageous that the Republican Senators decided to pull their support which included Major Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell. He was then followed by a decision from the Republican Party’s fund raising division pulling out from his campaign and fund raising.
It did not last much long, when the Senator Mitch McConnell changed his mind and started to backing out from his firm stand. President Donald Trump threw his full support behind Judge Moore. Steve Bannon also kept going to Alabama for supporting Judge Moore. The campaign for Judge Moore was aggressive and expensive.
Amid all these massive publicity both good and bad for Judge Moore, Doug Jones received little exposure as Judge Moore had captured the national attention. The race became against a sexual predator and a Democratic former U.S. attorney.
Judge Moore was in fact removed from the bench twice for violating the laws with his fanatical religious beliefs. It is ironic that such a sexual predator claims to be a true Christian. All the polls kept showing Judge Moore winning by a few percentage. President Trump became very aggressive in his support of Judge Moore and he pointedly preferred to have a sexual predator elected to the Senate rather than a Democrat.
Many people in the nation were baffled by the support that Judge Moore was receiving. In fact it was a slap in the face of all women who were sexually assaulted by Judge Moore and an insult to the women generally.
There was much talk by many Senators about impeaching him should he win the election and join the Senate.
Well tonight all concerns were put to rest and Doug Joni narrowly won the election. It was 50% Doug Jones and 49% Roy Moore. The difference is around 22,000 votes.
There comes the spoiler – Shortly after Doug Jones finished his victory speech, a speaker for Judge Moore went to the podium advising the supports at the hall that race was not over as it needs to be certified and all military personnel votes needs to be counted. If the difference is half a percent or less, the by law there would be a recount. Then Judge Moore took went to the podium announcing that the race is not over and hinted to some possible irregularities and the votes needs to be counted and certified. He never gave a defeating speech.
Of course, President Trump was also quick to not only congratulate Doug Jones, but also make a spoiler comments that the write-ins were the problem for Judge Moore losing the election. Never mind that the good people of Alabama decided not to send a sexual predator to the Senate and save their state from major embarrassment and shame.
It would be very difficult to come up votes were counted with 23,000 votes to defeat Doug Jones, given the fact that 99% of the votes were counted and the result was clear.