BESSEMER, AL - DECEMBER 12: Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones takes a picture with voters outside of a polling station at the Bessemer Civic Center on December 12, 2017 in Bessemer, Alabama. Doug Jones is facing off against Republican Roy Moore in a special election for U.S. Senate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The epic victory of Doug Jones against Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race is proof once again that Black voters are the Democratic Party’s most reliable, enthusiastic and loyal voting bloc.

For his upset win, Jones owes Black Alabama big-time, in a state steeped in civil rights history, yet one in dire need of racial justice and redemption.

Mobilized and enthusiastic, the base of the Democratic Party in Alabama demonstrated what can happen when voters of color unite with millennials, women and woke white folks to decide that a dirty old man who had staked out his claim to the legacy of white supremacy will not have a seat in the U.S. Senate–this time.

Black turnout was high, with Black voters exceeding their numbers in the general population and clocking in at 29 percent of voters, just like the 2012 and 2008 elections when President Obama was on the ballot. And 96 percent of African Americans cast their ballot for Jones, in line with their 95 percent support for Obama in 2012.

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