Alabama has officially certified Democrat Doug Jones’s victory over Republican Roy Moore in this month’s special Senate election.
The final margin of victory in Alabama's special election: 21,924 votes (1.63%), out of 1,348,720 total votes; the margin increased slightly from election night's unofficial results, official says. pic.twitter.com/9l2eq8yjks
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 28, 2017
Moore, who had refused to concede in the wake of the election result, filed a last-minute lawsuit on Wednesday alleging voter fraud and calling for “a new special election”after losing to the Democratic candidate by 20,000 votes.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall signed the official certification at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday, officially declaring Jones the winner.
“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year,” Jones said in a statement shortly after the certification.
“As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation. I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all.”
Senator-Elect Doug Jones Statement on the Certification of His Election Victory: “As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation.” pic.twitter.com/Ngsqlu3nKG
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 28, 2017