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Roy Moore files complaint to block Alabama Senate result

29 December 2017

Republican Roy Moore, who lost, is claiming that voter fraud played a massive role in his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, pulling off an upset victory. "I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle", he added.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said his office has so far found no evidence of fraud. Central time event, a Montgomery County circuit court judge had denied Moore's attempt to obtain a restraining order to stop the state's action.

Jones defeated Moore on December 12 by 21,924 votes in a stunning victory in a traditionally red state, becoming the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate victory in a quarter-century.

"It's a very weak complaint, it does not rely on any election experts I've ever heard of and it makes claims that on their face do not appear to be plausible, or appear to be irrelevant", said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Jones won 49.97 percent of the vote compared to Moore's 48.34 percent, a margin of almost 22,000 votes out of 1.35 million cast, officials said - a record for a special election.

Jones will now be sworn in early next month, having been the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992.

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is pictured shortly after certification of the special election.

Democrat Doug Jones has said his US Senate election victory in Alabama over controversial Republican Roy Moore marks a "new chapter for our state and the nation".

Jones and Moore were competing to fill the U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Jones defeated Moore by about 20,000 votes.

As he launched his campaign, he said he saw an opening for a rare Democratic win against Moore, a polarizing figure in the state. Alabama officials are scheduled to certify the results during a 1 p.m. meeting Thursday at the State Capitol.

Merrill said earlier in the day on CNN that the challenge would not affect anything, and even President Donald Trump, who had supported Moore through allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, had earlier called on him to concede the race. Previously, Merrill has said it is "highly unlikely" that Jones would not be certified as the victor of the election. The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County.

Roy Moore files complaint to block Alabama Senate result