On Tuesday night, Doug Jones pulled off a stunning victory in the Alabama Senate special election. The Democrat beat out embattled Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore, who was accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with teens when he was in his mid-30s.
Those allegations—broken by The Washington Post in early November—undoubtedly contributed to the Republican's shocking loss in a deep red state. Jones is the first Democrat to win in Alabama in 20 years.
Initially, the Republican establishment rejected Moore, calling for his resignation. However, that shifted when President Trump, who eventually endorsed Moore.
Even the president's support wasn't enough to overcome the weight of the allegation. Moore lost by 20,715 votes and only 1.5 percent, reported the New York Times. There were 22,819 write-in votes, which made the difference between a win and a loss for Moore.
President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday night to address the election. Although he campaigned for Moore with a robocall and an event in Florida, he was cordial to winner Doug Jones.
"Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory," wrote Trump. "The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!"
Later, President Trump addressed the fact that he had originally supported Luther Strange against Moore in the Republican primaries. He explained his reasoning, and he said the results supported his opinion at the time.
He tweeted: "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!"
President Trump also took the time to highlight the significance of the election. He underlined the fact that it's very important for Republicans to put up the right candidate. In this case, he seems to think Moore was too controversial—even before the allegations were released.
"If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate."
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