Republican Senate campaign chair issues quizzical statement after Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama race

Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesDelegates look at their pamphlets on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement saying Alabamians “deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve” following Democrat Doug Jones’ victory against the Republican candidate Moore in Alabama’s special election.
  • The NRSC said it hoped Jones would choose “to vote with the Senate Republican Majority.”

Following Democrat Doug Jones’ surprising upset of Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election Tuesday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a quizzical statement blasting its own candidate and calling on Jones to vote with the Republican caucus.

“Tonight’s results are clear – the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the US Senate,” said NRSC chairman and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.

Jones’ campaign received broad support from Democrats and several sitting Republican senators.The next line from Gardner’s statement suggested that the first Democratic senator-elect from Alabama since 1992 should consider voting with the other other caucus.

“I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority,” Gardner said.

Other Republican officials also appeared to show support for Jones and distaste for Moore, who has been battling a continuing stream of sexual misconduct allegations.

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