ROCHESTER, Minn. – In a tight race for Alabama’s special senate election, Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore.
This is the first time in 25 years Alabama voters have elected a democratic senator.
Dr. Eric Shoars, a political analyst, said this election went beyond parties. He said there were two very flawed candidates and the lesser flawed candidate won.
Moore’s campaign was derailed following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The Democrats were able to turn out for Jones, while the Republicans just couldn’t vote for Moore.
“You look at Franken who was forced to resign for his sexual misconduct and the Alabama voters couldn't in good conscious then send someone with a history shall we say of such misconduct to Washington,” Shoars said.
These election results put the Senate’s Republican majority at 51 to 49 going into next year’s election.
“It is so close in the Senate with the Republicans and Democrats, and the Republicans have not been unified in how they voted for the president's policies,” Shoars said. “So the Democrats are trying to gain so that they can stop and the Republicans so they can push through.”