Well, the nation held its breath on Tuesday and watched Alabama turn blue – at least in one regard – as Democrat Doug Jones edged out Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions’. Jones received 639,088 votes to a total of 629,749 for Moore – and according to Alabama law an automatic recount occurs only when the outcome is within half a percentage point. The final figures represented a margin of roughly one and a half percent.
Locally, Moore easily outdistanced Jones with Cherokee County voters casting 3,996 ballots in his favor compared to only 1,525 for Jones; there were a total of 94 absentee ballots with 58 going to Moore and 33 to Jones with three write-ins. In neighboring DeKalb County Moore received 10,097 votes to Jones’ 3,559; but while rural areas supported Moore, metropolitan and urban districts ultimately put Jones over the top.
Jones, a former Federal Prosecutor, will be the first Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama to be in the Senate in 25 years. He will take his seat in the U.S. Senate in January.
(Information provided in part by al.com/www.al.com)
COUNTIES WON BY JONES
COUNTIES WON BY MOORE