REP candidate Judge Roy Moore was defeated on Tuesday in Alabama’s special election by the Democrat Doug Jones, who will now fill the Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions after becoming US Attorney General. The victory margin for the Democrat was pretty slim, around one percent, and it’s very probable that Roy Moore will ask for a recount, as he already refused to concede the election results. Also, not all votes were counted just yet, especially the military ballots, but it’s very improbable anything would change now.
The cost of Roy Moore’s defeat for Republicans is huge, as the GOP majority in the Senate is now hanging by short-hairs, i.e. just one vote. What happened?
Well, compared to the 2016 Presidential election, almost all the Democrats turned out to vote (92%), but only one-half of the Republicans voted, and that’s why Moore lost. Also, not having a unified Republican party behind Judge Moore played a major role in his defeat. After claims of sexual misconduct appeared in Jeff Bezos’s blog (WaPo) 2-3 weeks ago, the GOP suggested a write-in candidate to replace Moore, and that did not help much with the voters. Basically, they ran a “stalking horse” write-in candidate that pulled enough votes away from Moore.