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Hot Takes: Response Rolls In on Alabama Senate Race

by Countable | 12.13.17

Politicians, politicos, and pedestrians are reacting to Doug Jones' defeat of Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Jones will be the first Democrat to represent the deeply Republican state of Alabama in over a quarter century. It was a contentious race, with Moore dogged by allegations that he dated teenage girls while in his 30s.

First, let’s hear from the Senate candidates themselves.

Doug Jones addressed his supporters in Birmingham, Alabama, following his stunning upset victory. Even Jones seemed surprised, beginning his speech:

"I think that I have been waiting all my life and now I just don’t know what the hell to say."

Jones never addressed Moore’s alleged sexual assault in his speech, but did say that "this entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law. This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of what zip code you live in, is going to get a fair shake."

The former federal prosecutor thanked the state’s African American and Latino communities for their support, and said he was dedicated to "finding common ground."

"I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us. We have shown the country the way that we can be."

Though multiple outlets had called the race for Jones around 7:30 PM CST, as of 1 AM CST, Roy Moore had still not conceded the election.

Earlier in the evening, at 10:21 PM CST, Moore addressed his supporters:

Moore thanked his supporters, telling them that they should "realize when the vote is this close, that it's not over." Speaking in Montgomery, Moore told the audience they had to respect the Secretary of State’s recount provision, “but we also know that God is always in control."

Moore returned to God a few moments later, saying that the unfavorable light his campaign had been painted in reminded him of a passage in Psalms 40.

"I waited patiently for the Lord, that's what you got to do. He inclined to me, heard my cry, brought us up out of a horrible pit, out of slimy clay and set me feet on the rock and established my goings and put a new song in our mouth. Praise to our God. Many shall see it and hear it and shall be moved by that, if you will."

Moore continued:

"And that's what we've got to do, is wait on God and let this process play out."

President Donald Trump did not wait, however. The President, who had formally endorsed Moore, tweeted out his congratulations to Jones around 8 PM:

Trump’s former presidential rival also took to twitter to congratulate Jones:

Trump’s former presidential rival’s rival also took to twitter to congratulate Jones:

Congressional Democrats welcomed the Capitol’s newest resident.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York tweeted:

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California echoed these sentiments, tweeting:

New York Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand – who, earlier this week, called for the President to resign over his own alleged sexual misconduct – tweeted:

And Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire simply tweeted:

But it wasn’t only politicians joining the chorus of congratulations. Former NBA Hall of Famer, and Alabama native, Charles Barkley called the special election "one of the greatest nights of my life."

"I’m so proud of my state. I love my state," Barkley told CNN.

“We got some amazing people here. Yeah, we got a bunch of rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people, but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted that tonight’s lesson was "Everybody must vote":

Congressional Republicans were mostly quiet Tuesday night, though the Alabama GOP released a statement saying that "while we are deeply disappointed…we respect the voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers."

But outgoing senator – and Trump critic - Jeff Flake of Arizona tweeted:

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—Josh Herman

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  • Hillary
    12/13/2017
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    Dear Mr Turner and Mr Portman, please take this resounding message to heart. WE THE PEOPLE truly understand that WE are your employers and your actions must reflect the true will of the people not what you may owe the wealthiest of your political donors. Alabama made it plain that decency will take the day. Many of those voters were lifelong conservatives who refuse to back a man credibly accused of child molestation-they may have even voted against the wishes of their families to demand a higher level of dignity, respect, and honor from their public servants. Pay attention. Minority voters came together to find their voices and their power. Pay attention. Those sidelined voices will speak in Ohio too. And they will look at your voting history. And the people will speak of your voting history. And the very honest, professional, decent, hard working media will report your voting history. Pay attention.

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  • Gerald
    12/13/2017
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    I am optimistic now about the chance we might survive the Trump experience. The fact half of Alabama residents can be rational is encouraging. Please use this gift to build an identity that defines something other than anti-Trump and throw the nazis out in 2018.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    12/13/2017
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    There are certainly many lessons learned with this election. I am deeply concerned, however, that our Country is plagued with a moral ineptitude; that many could support an assumed pedophile, amongst many other concerns with the Candidate. I am concerned that many Americans would place the value of a fraternal alliance above ethical and moral values. This psychological dilemma potentially creates a great vulnerability to Our Nation and places us in great harm. I believe it says that we need to focus our early education on what is Ethics and Morals and how do politics and our choices impact our society and our children. We have all experienced great harm from priests who have harmed our children and many parents whose children were hurt, protected these pedophiles and criminals. Something is greatly wrong in America and around the world.

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  • T
    12/13/2017
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    Praise the Lord for having mercy on our country and stopping the wolf in sheeps clothes from gaining access to our Senate. We didn’t need another one. Thank you Alabama for seeing through the deception and voting for the better of the two. It made my day.

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  • Marylynn
    12/13/2017
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    Now that we've eliminated one more sexual deviant from office, it's time to remove the Liar in Chief. He's one of the biggest perpetrators and needs to be held accountable for his gross. abusive actions against women. He can claim he didn't do anything until the cows come home, but we all know better. 16 women have come forward and given their accounts, there's photos to prove he knew several of the women and the eyewitnesses were more than likely bought and paid to recount their version of what happened. It's time to pay the piper for the Liar in Chief, if it's not the disgraceful acts he committed against these women that will bring him down, it'll be the facts that prove he obstructed justice and colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election.

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  • Dave
    12/13/2017
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    Doug Jones win is a win for women rights, the sexual abuse, social injustices and equality. All Woman and others are now standing up to abuser and for their rights to determine their destiny, Not by a bunch ideologies. This not just a win for women, but also social and economical win for America inequality on many levels. This must continue for the sake of America freedom, all religion and all people.

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  • Alexandra
    12/13/2017
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    There is a Santa Claus and he’s Black! Thanks Alabama voters!

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  • Vanessa
    12/13/2017
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    Thank God for the diversity of our Nation and to those wise voters that carried the day!

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  • John
    12/13/2017
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    What’s this? A Morally Corrupt, Conservative Judge lost his election in one of the Reddest of our Red States? Even with The Donald’s endorsement? Even with NO Republican outcry against his candidacy? Why? You know why...Vive La Resistance!!!

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  • Sarah
    12/13/2017
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    Doug Jones' win gives us hope and thank you to the voters in Alabama who refused a bigoted, soiled, and hateful person to serve in the Senate. And take heed, fellow Georgians, of the people who represent us in. Congress who give their full support to Trump. We must never let down the guard against bigotry, authoritarianism, and predatory actions that are unleashed in this country. We're a nation of vast resources let them not be nonchalantly tossed away.

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  • Robert
    12/13/2017
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    Thank you Trump, Bannon and the GOP for giving us hope that we can make America Smart Again. Great job, please keep it up.

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  • Christine
    12/13/2017
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    When we rise, decency wins!!! Get out and vote, no matter what obstacles the GOP puts in place! Your vote MATTERS!

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  • PaxAmericana
    12/13/2017
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    Always disappointing when one of the most conservative states elects a bleeding blue liberal only because of fake news allegations against the Republican.

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  • Laura
    12/13/2017
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    Thanks to the people of Alabama who have an actual moral compass to vote against Mr. Moore’s bigoted, misogynistic, perverted, and 17th Century ideology.

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  • Kathleen
    12/13/2017
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    Give the victory in Alabama, I would expect the Senate to delay voting on the consensus tax bill until Senator Doug Jones is sworn in. This precedent was established last year when a Supreme Court seat was left vacant for more than a year because of the presidential and congressional elections. It is important to have the will of the people represented, allow Congress to hold hearings and fully analyze the bills, and to have a full slate of lawmakers vote on an act that will harm millions of Americans. These sorts of important decisions cannot be left to a partial chamber.

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  • Amy
    12/13/2017
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    Yes! We are not a hopeless country! Look out Banks and Young, you’re next. #2018

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/13/2017
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    Looks like Russia needs to step up its game.

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  • David
    12/13/2017
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    I’m deeply concerned that people have judged a man guilty before he even had a trial. Remember, a person is innocent until proven guilty? So sad that people believe fake news first. If protecting women and gays are important, why back a Democrat candidate that promotes Muslims with their demeaning women and wanting to murder all gays? Go figure!

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  • William
    12/13/2017
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    It would be prudent for our Congressional representatives to take heed of recent Republican losses in VA and AL and too understand that even in a deep red southern state a growing coalition of nonwhite and educated suburban voters can and will win races against them. Furthur they should finally acknowledge the toxic effect of the current President on politics in general and especially on the Republican Party. Therefore the knee jerk tendency to support the Trump agenda, especially the recent health care bills and the current tax proposal which includes partial ACA repeal and heavily favors the wealthy and large corporations may not ultimately be rewarded by the votes of working and middle class constituents - look at the favorability polls on these bills. Time to finally do what's right, not just what the party leader says.

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  • Karan
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    Imagine the GOP right now. They are in crisis mode. Half of them are gonna say we need to drift towards the middle while other half will say that we need to drift towards nationalism. Then you’ll have that one guy who says “what if we raise the voting age to 65” and everyone will agree with him. I’m conservative and I’m saying this.

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