Black voters help lift Doug Jones to victory in Alabama Senate Race

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones and his wife Louise step on stage Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. And a high Black voter turnout is being cited for Jones’ victory.

Thirty percent of Black voters turned out for the special election, a rarity considering President Barack Obama only received 28 percent Black voter turnout during the presidential election.

It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. The Republican loss was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided GOP.

“We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way — that we can be unified,” Jones declared as supporters in a Birmingham ballroom cheered.

Moore, meanwhile, refused to concede and raised the possibility of a recount during a brief appearance at a somber campaign party in Montgomery.

“It’s not over,” Moore said. He added, “We know that God is still in control.”

Jones takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January of 2021.