Moments before Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall signed the official certification declaring Doug Jones the winner in this month’s special Senate election, the top Alabama officials bowed their heads to offer a prayer in their government chambers.
An Alabama judge on Thursday rejected GOP candidate Roy Moore’s last-minute lawsuit to block Jones from being officially declared the winner of the Alabama Senate election, alleging voter fraud after losing to the Democratic candidate by 20,000 votes.
“Election fraud experts across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election,” Moore said in his statement. “I’ve had to fight not only the Democrats but also the Republican Senate Leadership Fund and over $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment.”
President Trump, a Moore supporter, told reporters at the White House earlier this month that Moore should “certainly” concede the race.