The Republican Party of Alabama has conceded to Doug Jones and declared the Senate race over, withdrawing its support for Roy Moore’s effort to request a recount.
“Now that this race has ended, may this holiday season of peace, love and hope resonate with everyone, regardless of one’s political affiliation,” Lathan said, adding that the party was “deeply disappointed” in the close race.
“We respect the voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers,” he added.
Jones repeatedly talked about reaching across the aisle to work with Republicans during his campaign, Lathan noted in his statement.
“While these issues weren’t discussed and no other Democratic Senator has worked with the Republicans, all eyes will be on his votes,” he said. “We will hold him accountable for his votes.”
Lathan said Alabamians are conservative “and have no intentions of moving toward the policies of the Democrat Party.”
“If Mr. Jones aligns himself with the liberal Democrats in Washington, Alabama voters will remember his choices in the 2020 U.S. Senate election,” he said.
After multiple outlets declared Jones the winner on Tuesday night, Moore took to the stage and said he was refusing to concede the special election.
“At this point, we do not have a final decision on the outcome tonight,” Moore’s campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, told supporters.
“When the vote is this close, it is not over,” Moore said.
According to Alabama state law, an automatic recount is triggered when election results are within 0.5 percentage points.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones currently holds a 1.5 percent lead over Moore, according to The New York Times.