The upset victory by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race drew online huzzahs from a mix of celebrities, politicians and Hollywood. President Donald Trump, who backed Moore, was even-handed in his Twitter response:
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Some Twitter reactions:
The margin of victory was 10,000ish votes out of 1.2 million+ cast. Alabama landed on the right side of history, but my enthusiasm is tempered by the persistent reality. I'm glad Doug Jones won, but it's a horror that Moore did so well & now may force a recount. https://t.co/GvPPJ8XaLl
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) December 13, 2017
“The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice”
Dr Martin Luther King quoted by SENATOR Doug Jones of Alabama!
It’s a Chanukah night miracle!
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) December 13, 2017
I’m literally in tears writing this. I couldn’t be more proud of my home state. PROUD to be from Alabama. PROUD of our people for CARING about MOVING FORWARD and LOVING HUMAN BEINGS. GO BAMA GO. ROLL TIDE TO DOUG JONES. And ROLL TIDE to AMERICA.
— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) December 13, 2017
We have a president who acknowledged on tape that he assaulted women. I would hope that he pays attention to what's going on and think about resigning.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 7, 2017
Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity, Alabama. And thank you for fighting for what’s right, @GDouglasJones.
And thank you to every volunteer who knocked on doors, made phone calls, and that worked tirelessly to make this happen.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 13, 2017
bringing justice to Klansmen who bombed 16th Street Baptist Church and winning Senate race as a Democrat in AL is a pretty impressive pair for career bookends for Doug Jones
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 13, 2017
Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character. A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 13, 2017
Thankfully, today enough Republicans chose country over party. Tomorrow we must redouble our efforts to support candidates worthy of the office they seek.#TwoPaths
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 13, 2017
Chuck Schumer: “Roy Moore was an awful candidate and never should have gotten to the Senate. But make no mistake about it … Democrats are energized, focused on the middle class and those struggling to get there, and things are looking better and better for 2018.”
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) December 13, 2017