After weeks of a hotly-contested and controversial special election to fill the Senate seat left open by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Judge Moore lost the election. Last night's victory for Doug Jones was improbable, making him the first Democrat to win election to the US Senate in Alabama since 1992.
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.
Interestingly, there are two factors that probably caused Moore to lose the election. The first was the write-in candidate who, although he didn't earn very many votes, probably took enough votes away from Moore to cause him to lose. Second, due to his controversial positions on social issues, accompanied with accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, Democrats were able to "get out the vote."
In other words, Democrats really didn't want Moore, and they made sure to get out and vote. Black and women voters also overwhelmingly rejected Moore.
Christian Headlines writes that Moore's stance on the Ten Commandments, gay marriage, and abortion made him very appealing to right-wing, white evangelical voters. Even after accusations against his character emerged, southern evangelicals stood behind their man, interpreting the sexual allegations as unfounded and unproven attacks against an innocent man.
The Hill reports that top evangelical leaders voiced their support for Roy Moore. Jerry Falwell, the president of Liberty University, has been an outspoken defender of President Trump and has extended his support to the former judge.
Franklin Graham, another prominent evangelical leader, wrote that he is "praying for Roy Moore" as votes are underway for the election. Graham is a supporter of President Trump and in the past has called out critics of Moore. Last month, Graham tweeted that he thinks many in Washington denouncing Trump are guilty of hypocrisy.
"So many denouncing Roy Moore when they are guilty of doing much worse than what he has been accused of supposedly doing. Shame on those hypocrites," he tweeted last month, according to The Hill.
However, it is important to note that a significant number of evangelicals decided to pull away from Moore, according to Christian Headlines. Rather than voting for Moore, they decided to vote for Jones, despite his support of abortion, or they decided to vote for a write-in candidate.
Dr. Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky appeared on CNN after the results on Tuesday night and offered an appraisal for how evangelicals voted in the election.
"It's nothing less than stunning," he said, commenting on the vast number of evangelicals who decided that they could not vote for such a controversial candidate.
Christianity Today reports that evangelicals accounted for 44% of yesterday's vote. 26% of pro-lifers voted for Jones, despite his support of abortion.
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