Republicans trade blame over Alabama Senate loss

17 December, 2017, 02:37 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Roy Moore continues to refuse to concede the Alabama special election, saying in a new video that his campaign is waiting for ballots to be certified.

"Realize, when the vote is this close, it is not over", Moore said to a room full of his supporters on Tuesday night after the results were announced.

Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) and Republican Senate candidates for their careful rhetoric about Moore throughout the special election. That process is expected to be completed sometime from December 28 to January 3, according to the Alabama secretary of state's office.

The stunning upset by Mr Jones makes him the first Democrat elected to the US Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century and will trim the Republicans' already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, endangering President Donald Trump's agenda and opening the door for Democrats to possibly retake the Chamber in next year's congressional elections.

According to the Washington Post, however, Trump was angered at the perceived humiliation of Moore's defeat, blaming former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon for the loss of a key Senate seat to Democrats.

"Even our political process has been affected with baseless and false allegations which have become more relevant than the issues which affect our country", Moore said.

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On NBC's "Today" show Wednesday morning, Jones said there was "no doubt" in his mind about the election results.

Attendees react to election results during an election night party for Roy Moore, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama, in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

"Bottom line: at no point did Republicans think they fielded strong candidates in Alabama - and this same sentiment is widely held for the GOP candidates across the map", the memo says. She suggested Moore's refusal to concede was a publicity stunt.

"I'm not sure what his posturing is about, other than it keeps him in the limelight and it keeps him relevant for another week", said Sewell.

Secretary of State John Merrill has said it is unlikely that the last-minute ballots will change the outcome of the election or even trigger a recount.

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