Alabama officials on Thursday certified Democrat Doug Jones the victor of the state's U.S. Senate race, after a state judge denied a legal challenge by Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
He refused to concede the race and on Wednesday night submitted an election complaint alleging potential voter fraud that could have impacted the results enough to tip the race toward his opponent.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is pictured shortly after certification of the special election.
In the complaint, Mr Moore's attorneys noted the higher than expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said that Mr Moore's numbers were suspiciously low in about 20 Jefferson County precincts.
Jones, who is the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in Alabama in more than two decades, said he looks forward to working for his constituents in the new year.
In a contentious interview on CNN on Thursday, Moore spokeswoman Janet Porter defended the campaign's lawsuit attempting to block the certification of election results.
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In a brief statement, Moore stood by his claims that the election was fraudulent and said he had to fight Democrats and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment. Doug Jones will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator by Vice President Mike Pence when the Senate reconvenes in the new year. The campaign has said that the complaint filed Wednesday includes an affidavit from Moore saying he had undergone a polygraph proving the truth of his denials.
Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn in Midland City, Alabama, on December 11, 2017. Less than half an hour before the three-member Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet, Fox News reported that a federal judge had rejected Moore's challenge, clearing the way for Jones' victory to be certified. He unexpectedly lost to Jones by about 20,000 votes in the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who is now USA attorney general.
If the election is prematurely certified, Mr. Moore's lawyers wrote, he will "suffer irreparable harm" and be "denied his full right as a candidate to a fair election". "It's time to move on", Sam Coleman wrote in an email. He's filling the seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.
Moore has denied wrongdoing and Reuters has not been able to independently verify the allegations.
Merrill's office received roughly 120 complaints of voter fraud, mostly from sources outside Alabama, and roughly 70% had already been investigated and adjudicated.