Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

Dec 13, 2017

By Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican.

The upset delivered an unimagined victory for Democrats and shaved Republicans’ unstable Senate majority to a single seat.

Mr. Jones’s victory could have significant consequences on the national level, snarling Republicans’ legislative agenda in Washington and opening, for the first time, a realistic but still difficult path for Democrats to capture the Senate next year. It amounted to a stinging snub of President Trump, who broke with much of his party and fully embraced Mr. Moore’s candidacy, seeking to rally support for him in the closing days of the campaign.

Amid thunderous applause from his supporters at a downtown hotel, Mr. Jones held up his victory as a message to Washington from voters fed up with political warfare. For once, he said, Alabama had declined to take “the wrong fork” at a political crossroads.

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  • College students “dislike Trump intensely, disagree dramatically with the G.O.P. on most or all social issues, and regard Republicans as being from a moon of Jupiter,” said Larry J. Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “Over time, this will be deadly to the G.O.P.”

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  • Remember how we were recently told that demographics favored the Democratic Party, that Whites were a minority in “their own” country? Thanks to gerrymandering, limitless sources of money, and voter suppression, there is a lot of life left in the Republican party and they are not going to go easily if we aren’t prepared to fight them. There are countless organizations lining up to reverse the 2016 elections that left Democrats without control of any branch of our government. Act Blue is a fundraising website for consolidating many small contributions into significant amounts of money. VoteRiders is helping poor voters get the IDs they need to vote in the voter suppression states. Swing Left is identifying flippable Congressional districts and setting up political organizations there. If those of us who voted and were dismayed in 2016 would simply show up and vote again in 2018, we would win almost every one of these contested districts simply because of the average 33% drop-off in voter turn-out in midterm election years. Trump is in the low 30% approval ratings, Stephen Bannon is targeting moderate Republican politicians in the primaries, and historically the the opposition party gains ground in off year elections. There is every reason to put in the maximum effort in 2018. I hope we can put the 2016 Democratic primary fight behind us and unite to take advantage of the favorable circumstances.

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