Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election to win the senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year.
Jones' win is all the more remarkable because Alabama is the reddest state in America, but Moore was unable to overcome those pesky sexual harassment allegations that plagued his campaign.
President Trump congratulated Jones "on a hard fought victory." He blamed the loss on write-in votes, "but a win is a win."
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Right now the Republicans still control the Senate.
Democrats, who hold 25 seats in the Senate, will need to pick up 3 more seats to gain control of the Senate.
Celebrities who see Jones' win as a rejection of President Trump celebrated on social media.
Grateful that Doug Jones ended his speech tonight w/ this: “As Dr. King said, the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. Tonight ladies and gentleman, tonight in this time, in this place, you helped bend the moral arc a little closer to justice...."
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 13, 2017
I’m literally in tears writing this. I couldn’t be more proud of my home state. PROUD to be from Alabama. PROUD of our people for CARING about MOVING FORWARD and LOVING HUMAN BEINGS. GO BAMA GO. ROLL TIDE TO DOUG JONES. And ROLL TIDE to AMERICA.
— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) December 13, 2017
Every so often it's good to be reminded that that the good guy CAN win. What Doug Jones did in prosecuting those Klansmen was heroic. He is by far the better man-the better human being. And damned if he didn't win in Alabama. Amazing. Black and New South/Millennial voters did it.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 13, 2017
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