Roy Moore refuses to concede a day after losing to his Democratic rival in the Alabama Senate race

  • Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate who lost the Alabama special election to a Democrat on Tuesday, has not yet conceded.
  • Moore issued a video statement on Wednesday night saying he would wait for Alabama’s secretary of state to certify the results.

Roy Moore released a YouTube video on Wednesday night refusing to concede the Senate special election he lost to his Democratic rival, Doug Jones, in Alabama one day earlier.

In the video, Moore insisted that the “the battle rages on,” pointing to military ballots, among others, that had yet to be counted before Alabama’s secretary of state, John Merrill, would officially certify the results.

“In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots,” Moore said Wednesday night. “This has been a very close race, and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state.”

Twenty-fours earlier, Moore floated the possibility of a recount, but Merrill seemed to throw cold water on that, saying a recount was unlikely to change the outcome of the race, which ended with a 1.5-percentage-point margin between Moore and Jones, with 100% of precincts reporting. At last count, Jones had earned 20,715 more votes than Moore.

“This particular race was watched not only by the people of this state but by the entire nation and many around the world,” Moore said, adding that he believed the “heart and soul of our country is at stake.”

Moore went on to recite some of the key platforms of his campaign, and he quoted heavily from Bible scripture. He did not explicitly say whether, or when, he would concede. Jones said in a news conference earlier Wednesday that he had not received the traditional congratulatory phone call from Moore after Jones was projected the winner.

Watch Moore’s video statement below:

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