- Sen. Doug Jones, the lone Democratic senator from the Deep South, lost to Republican Tommy Tuberville in Alabama’s Senate race.
- Jones narrowly won a December 2017 special election to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions.
- Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach, earned President Donald Trump’s endorsement and easily defeated Sessions in a July runoff.
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Sen. Doug Jones, the lone Democratic Senator from the Deep South, was unseated in the Alabama Senate race by former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, according to Decision Desk HQ.
Polls in Alabama closed at 7 p.m. local time and 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Election Day.
Jones, a former federal prosecutor, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued Republican candidate Roy Moore in a hotly contested December 2017 special election to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who left the seat to become Trump’s attorney general.
Jones is possibly best-known for successfully prosecuting four white supremacists who were responsible for bombing a church and killing four girls in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
Tuberville, who has previously coached for Auburn University and the University of Cincinnati, defeated Sessions by a 20-point margin in the July 14 primary runoff to officially become the GOP nominee.
A political newcomer, Tuberville ran his campaign largely on a platform in lockstep with President Donald Trump. And partly thanks to Trump’s complicated and fraught history with Sessions, Tuberville earned the president’s powerful endorsement in the runoff.
Tuberville might also have benefited from having no legislative record to attack, and importantly, not facing any major scandals or accusations of sexual misconduct.
The money race
Jones amassed a sizeable cash advantage over Tuberville, who only won his runoff in July.
The Democrat raised $US26.7 million this cycle, spent $US24.8 million, and has $US4 million in cash on hand as of September 30, according to the Centre for Responsive Politics and Federal Election Commission records.
Tuberville raised $US8.2 million, spent $US6.7 million, and had around $US1.5 million in cash on hand.
Recent polls found that Tuberville led Jones in the double digits, and experts like the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections rated the race as “leans Republican” while Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Centre for Politics rated it “likely Republican.”
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