An Alabama Judge Just Gave Some Bad News to Roy Moore

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December 28, 2017Dec 28, 2017

On Thursday, an Alabama judge rejected Roy Moore's attempt to block certification of the Senate vote that he narrowly lost earlier this month. Moore's complaint alleged that election fraud was sufficient enough to overturn the outcome of the election. He then called for a possible investigation and a brand new election, according to ABC News.

According to the Alabama judge, Roy Moore will not be granted his request, despite Moore claiming that voter fraud occurred during the day of his election against Democrat Doug Jones. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill remarks that he has found absolutely no evidence of voter fraud.

Claims that voter fraud occurred on the December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones isn't the only war that Moore has declared. On top of his attempt for a new election, Moore is also still alleging that he is not guilty of the sexual misconduct allegations thrown against him during the election. 

In fact, Moore claims that he has recently taken a polygraph test which apparently demonstrates that the sexual misconduct allegations against him are false. 

According to CNN, Doug Jones will soon be certified as a senator in Alabama. 

Roy Moore still isn't conceding the Alabama special election, claiming in a recent video that he is still waiting for the votes to be verified. This announcement comes after widespread calls, on both left and right, to lose the race with dignity by conceding the election to Doug Jones.

"In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots," Moore said, according to CNN. "This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state."

Since losing the Senate race, Roy Moore has refused to concede the election, which will be certified no earlier than December 26 and no later than January 3.

In fact, Moore has continued his campaign rhetoric in a recent video, despite being rejected by the people of Alabama, claiming that "abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." 

Democratic candidate Doug Jones was declared the winner of the Alabama Senate race, making him the first Democrat in Alabama to earn a spot in the Senate since 1992. Republican candidate Roy Moore, under media scrutiny after numerous accusations came forward concerning his alleged history of sexual misconduct, lost by a small margin. 

Eager to have their voice be heard, a vast number of Alabama residents drove to the polls yesterday. A total of 639,088 (50%) voted for Jones. Moore received 629,749 (49%) votes. Roughly 2% of Alabama residents voted for a write-in candidate. 

Republicans are calling on Moore to admit that he lost the election. They believe that it's time to move on, especially since Moore was a politically toxic and controversial candidate, so much so that he was unable to win Alabama, one of more heavily Republican states int he country. 

The National Review, a magazine that has promoted movement conservatism (as opposed to Trump's right-wing populism) since the days it was founded by William Buckley, wrote an article last night titled "Steve Bannon Loses Alabama." In this article, the National Review suggests that Steve Bannon and like-minded thinkers have made it their goal to find "ridiculous candidates and convince voters they are legitimate." 

The National Review thinks that last night displayed the waning influence of Donald Trump and other populist-nationalists within the Republican Party. Particularly notable, they claim, is that the Bannon-Trump wing of the party was unable to win in the state of Alabama, the state perhaps most likely to elect a candidate of this mold.

"We already knew that a party made in Bannon’s image would be repulsive," they wrote. "Tonight we learned it is not even politically viable."

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