- Republican Roy Moore still hasn’t conceded after last week’s shocking loss to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race.
- He has posted articles on Facebook calling into question how Jones won the race and highlighting that Jones’ son is gay.
It’s been more than a week since embattled Alabama Republican Roy Moore lost a special Senate election to Democrat Doug Jones – and he still hasn’t conceded.
“Roy Moore is taking his loss well,” tweeted CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski on Thursday, pointing out Moore’s Facebook posts.
The first link came from the fringe conspiracy site World Net Daily, a website for which Moore himself had written columns. The second was from The Advocate, an LGBT publication. Moore subsequently deleted this link from his page.
Jones won the special election by more than 21,000 votes over Moore, who was hit with several allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Jones became the first Democrat to win a statewide election in Alabama in 25 years.
But Moore, holding out until the results are supposed to be certified later this month, has entirely refused to concede the race, even as his deficit is insurmountable.
“In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots,” Moore said. “This has been a very close race, and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state.”
He later added that the “heart and soul of our country is at stake” with the results of last week’s special election.
Then on Friday, Moore asked supporters for donations to an “election integrity fund,” the purpose of which would be to investigate and submit voter fraud cases and other ballot irregularities, The Associated Press reported.
“I also wanted to let you know that this battle is NOT OVER!” he said in the email calling for donations. “My campaign team is busy collecting numerous reported cases of voter fraud and irregularities for the Secretary of State’s office.”
Meanwhile, even President Donald Trump, who provided Moore with full-throated support in the campaign’s waning days, called on him to concede the race.
“We need the seat,” Trump said last week. “We’d like to have the seat. But as far as Roy Moore, I would certainly say he should” concede.
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