Democrat hails new chapter for United States after Senate win over controversial Republican

Democrat Doug Jones speaks in Birmingham Ala. after his election-night victory over Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. AP

Jones, who is the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in Alabama in more than two decades, said he looks forward to working for his constituents in the new year. He will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence and will assume his duties immediately after.

"As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation", he said. Jones said he will be an "independent voice" in the Senate and will strive for "common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle".

Moore, a Republican, is an anti-LGBT, religious right extremist who was twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court - the first time for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, the second time for trying to block marriage equality in the state.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became USA attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year.

The state certified Jones' win after a judge rejected Moore's request to delay the certification.

Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied his dispute and Democrat Doug Jones was certified moments later as the victor of the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a complaint filed in the circuit court here in Alabama's capital, Mr. Moore's campaign argued that such fraud had tainted the December 12 special election, which Mr. Moore lost to Doug Jones by fewer than 22,000 votes, and that the Alabama authorities had inadequately investigated claims of misconduct. Shortly before the 1 p.m.

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Sam Coleman said: "The election is over".

While Charnin calling the Alabama victory of Jones fraudulent is therefore not surprising, Moore's camp said that a thorough investigation should be launched based on his expertise.

The lawsuit was filed the day before officials were due to certify Mr Jones the victor - two weeks after the vote.

Moore's campaign was deeply wounded by the sexual misconduct accusations.

Janet Porter, a spokeswoman for Moore's campaign, told CNN in an interview on Thursday that the challenge aimed to ensure that votes were properly counted. Mr. Moore's lawsuit was certainly late in coming: His lawyers filed the complaint at 10:33 p.m. on Wednesday, and his campaign announced it less than an hour later. He attached a statement from a poll worker that she had noticed licenses from Georgia and North Carolina as people signed in to vote.

"This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone", Moore said in a statement Wednesday. The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County.

Hasen said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".

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