Doug Jones Officially Declared Winner Over Roy Moore After Judge Rejects Lawsuit – Update

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UPDATED with Doug Jones statement: An Alabama judge has denied Roy Moore’s request to block state officials from certifying Doug Jones the winner of the Alabama Senate special election while Moore’s claims of voter fraud were investigated. Alabama officials have certified Jones as the winner.

“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year,” Jones said in a statement. “As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for out state and our 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.”

Jones said in a statement today: “This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people will not succeed. The election is over, it’s time to move on.”

Earlier, Moore issued a statement saying: “I have no regrets. To God be the glory.”

PREVIOUS, 6:20 AM: Alabama officials are scheduled to certify the results of the Senate seat race at 1 PM Thursday. Drama already is set at a high level with Doug Jones becoming the first Democrat in 25 years to win a Senate seat in the state. But the curtain has not yet been brought down on Roy Moore Theatre; the losing Republican candidate filed a lawsuit really late Wednesday – 10:33 PM – to block state officials from certifying Jones the winner, claiming “systematic voter fraud.”

Moore’s campaign provided few details in support of that claim, but did reveal Moore had taken a polygraph test days after the election to refute multiple sexual misconduct/harassment claims made against him during the campaign.  “As I had expected, the results of the examination reflected that I did not know nor had I ever had any sexual contact with, any of these individuals,” Moore said in a statement.

Moore’s lawyers have helpfully suggested a judge consider calling a new election to fill the seat.

Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, told the New York Times days after the December 12 election he had seen no evidence of  voting irregularities or any inconsistencies “outside the norm.” On Thursday, he told the AP he will not delay and Jones will be certified this afternoon.

Moore lost to Jones by around 22K votes in the special election to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore refused to concede defeat the night of December 12, though President Donald Trump, who endorsed Moore and campaigned for him just over the state border, has, and even Moore’s champion Steve Bannon has thrown in the towel.

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