For some conservatives in the wake of Roy Moore’s loss to Doug Jones Tuesday night, it was a bitter Republican defeat in the face of a no-holds-barred Democratic political machine. For others, it was an “I told you so” moment. But after he refused to concede the race following a very narrow loss, even some of his staunch supporters are calling for him to move on.
After Jones defeated Moore in the Alabama Senate race with 49.9% of the votes compared to 48.4%, according to the New York Times, Moore insisted that a vote recount was needed.
According to Fox News, Moore told his supporters that when the “vote is this close...it’s not over. We also know that God is always in control. Part of the problem with this campaign is that we've been painted in unfavorable and unfaithful light. We've been put in a hole.”
He added that he and his supporter have to “wait on God and let this process play out,” the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
While the margin of victory for Jones was small, it was not small enough to trigger an automatic recount. Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill also doesn’t want taxpayers to have to pay for a manual recount and insisted that Moore pay for it himself.
Now former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is also criticizing Moore. Huckabee, a conservative figure whose daughter serves as President Trump’s press secretary, endorsed Moore during the Alabama primary. After Moore got hit with multiple sexual misconduct accusations, Huckabee continued to defend him, telling Fox News last week that Moore still had a very good chance of winning. But on Wednesday, his tone changed.
“Roy Moore won’t concede; says will wait on God to speak. God wasn’t registered to vote in AL but the ppl who voted did speak and it wasn’t close enough for recount,” Huckabee wrote on Twitter. “In elections everyone does NOT get a trophy. I know first hand but it’s best to exit with class.”
Huckabee lost to Trump during the Republican Primary race and later endorsed him. What do you think of this? In related news, President Trump used a series of tweets to throw Moore under the bus after his loss.