Roy Moore Demands Recount Following Surprise Loss

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Roy Moore, a Republican from Alabama, speaks during an election night party in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. The defeat of Moore in Alabamas U.S. Senate race by Democrat Doug Jones was a stunning rebuke to the GOPs anti-establishment wing led by Steve Bannon and a major political embarrassment for President Donald Trump. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Roy Moore stood out as the lone Republican lawmaker (or potential lawmaker) accused of sexual misconduct alongside Democrats, and he’s facing the same consequences as the rest of them.

Rep. John Conyers resigned. Senator Al Franken will be gone any day now. And Moore has become the first Republican in nearly three decades to lose a Senate race in deep-red Alabama. Amusing isn’t it, that Democrats needed to coordinate campaigns to ask Conyers and Franken to step down, while Republicans simply had their voters deal with the “problematic” individuals within their party?  It’s only worrisome in that there was no due process in any of the aforementioned cases. Even if these men are guilty as charged, the door is wide open for an anonymous accusation to be all it takes to destroy a clean candidate.

While Moore led in the results for most of the night, his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, jumped ahead as the night came to a close. When it was over, he had received 671,151 votes to Moore’s 650,436. Jones won by 1.5 percentage points, with 49.9% of the vote to Moore’s 48.4 percent, while 1.7 percent of votes (22,819) were write-ins.

Donald Trump, who endorsed Moore, tweeted the following after his defeat:

Moore, meanwhile, is disputing the results altogether.

According to the Daily Wire,

During his speech on Tuesday evening, the Republican candidate spoke of a possible recount: “… I really want to thank you for coming tonight and realize when the vote is this close, that it’s not over. And we still got to go by the rules about this recount provision, and Secretary of State has explained it to us and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them to find out what the situation is. … the votes are still coming in, and we’re looking at that. May God bless you as you go on, give you safe journey, and thank you for coming tonight. It’s not over and it’s going to take some time. Thank you. Thank you, thank you. Let’s go home, we’ll take it on tomorrow.”

So what’s next? More from the report:

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told reporters during an impromptu Tuesday night press conference in his state capitol office that the state will direct counties to count provisional ballots, absentee ballots and military ballots.
By December 22, the results of the ballot count will be provided to Merrill. An automatic recount would be triggered if the gap between candidates is less than 0.5%, per Alabama state law. As it stands early Wednesday morning, Jones is beating Moore by 1.5%.
If the provisional ballots, absentee ballots, and military ballots are counted, and the margin remains larger than 0.5%, Moore would have to foot the bill for a recount himself.

Moore says it’s not over, but it’ll take a few thousand extra votes to change that now.

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