Alabama Senate Race

Alabama Senate Race

Matt Belinson, Sports Editor

  In the United States, certain things are always a guarantee. Citizens pay taxes, every town has at least one Mcdonald’s and Alabama will always vote Republican. This year, one of those things changed in dramatic fashion.

     The traditionally red state of Alabama voted for Democratic Senate candidate, Doug Jones on 12/13. This vote shocked the nation and even certain citizens of Alabama, who have always grown up with a Republican in office.

    ¨I was shocked and frankly upset that we would do this,¨ said Ruth Gainsberg, an Alabama resident for all 76 years of her life.

     Jones was a fair and reasonable choice for the Senate seat, but this whole race has been stirring around the other candidate, Roy Moore. Moore has been accused by over a dozen women over the last month of inappropriate and disgusting behavior. The detailed and numerous stories all in some way, paint the Senate candidate in a light that even his wife refuses to believe.

     ¨My husband is a good, christian man, who knows right from wrong and would never partake in these horrific accounts,¨ said Mooreś wife.

     Alabama was rocked by this news and allegations, as Moore has been the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for over 15 years.  Moore finally took his shot at a legislative seat, and got hit with a firestorm. Moore and Jones had rallies for months and held press conferences to discuss the state of the country and their respectives parties. Each candidate was hoping Alabama would give their party an edge in a heated season of bill overviews and hearings.

     This was a breakdown of the voting demographics for each candidate. Moore was widely supported by white voters, while Jones got black women and men to come out in droves for his campaign.

 

Demographic Jones (Democrat) Moore (Republican)
Male 42% 56%
Female 57% 41%
Black Females 98% 2%
White Females 34% 63%
White college educated men 35% 62%
White college educated women 45% 52%

 

     This was the first time in 25 years that Alabama has voted in a Democratic senator. The vote and the end result was not good enough for a shocked Moore. His campaign manager spoke the night of the loss and talked about there being an automatic recount if the vote is less than .5% close. The thing is, the race was decided by 1.5%, so an automatic recount is not happening. Moore says that military ballots and absentee ballots have not been counted and that the race could shift in his favor. Many political and voting experts say that these ballots will not be able to break the 21,000 vote difference between each candidate. Moore has yet to concede the race. As 2018 approaches, Alabama may have just given the first look into political turmoil for the Trump administration and his agenda.