It’s not over till it’s over.
Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate election Tuesday night, beating Republican Roy Moore by 1.5 percent, according to the New York Times tracker.
But even after the race was widely called, Moore refused to concede, vowing “it is not over.”
Jones received 49.9 percent of the vote with 671,151 ballots. With 650,436 ballots, Moore came in at 48.4 percent.
Rather than give a concession speech, Moore gave supporters at this campaign headquarters hope that a recount may close the gap.
“When the vote is this close, it is not over,” he said.
Moore alluded to state rules regarding recounts, and encouraged his supporters to place their faith in God. “We’ve still got to go by the rules about this recount provisions … We also know that God is always in control.”
Alabama law dictates that an automatic recount is held if a candidate wins by half a percentage point or less.
The current vote count doesn’t call for a recount, though that may change once write-in votes are fully accounted for. Even if the vote difference remains above 0.5 percent, the Moore campaign can still request a recount if it’s willing to pay for it.
While Moore himself has not yet conceded, President Trump–who supported the Republican former judge–congratulated Jones in a Tuesday night tweet.
The President gave Jones credit, saying “a win is a win.” But he also reminded his followers that “Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time.”
Because this was a special election called to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Jones will only serve out the remainder of Sessions’ term. The seat will be up for reelection again in 2020.
President Trump also said the “deck was stacked against” Moore.
Moore and the Alabama election came under the national spotlight following a Washington Post report that alleged the 70-year-old Moore sexually assaulted an underage girl and dated several teenage girls (of Alabama’s age of consent) when he was in his thirties.
Another accuser later came forward to say Moore attempted to coerce her into sexual relations in 1978, when she was 16. The accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, was represented by lawyer Gloria Allred. Moore supporters questioned the validity of a high school yearbook–allegedly signed by Moore–that Nelson presented as evidence.
The allegations were seen as a factor in Jones becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years.
So does anyone still care about the allegations against Roy Moore being properly investigated, or will they disappear now the election's over? #ThankYouAlabama
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 13, 2017
The accusers did their job, so now they are going to go away until the next Republican runs for office. What is really going to happen now, is all the self named Conservatives are going to spend their time bashing anyone who didn’t fall for the accusations.
— William Fuzi (@williamfuzi) December 13, 2017
We won’t hear about Roy Moore again unless he is needed as an example. They don’t care. They just wanted to win and played dirty politics to do it. pic.twitter.com/3za8k6HPAw
— Sonya Evans ?? (@iheartRedInk) December 13, 2017
They will try to make them disappear, I hope for the sake of our country that Mr Moore sticks to his guns and sues every one of them for slander and defamation of character. It is time to fight back against these women and their false allegations!
— Sherrilynn G (@SherrilynnGiac1) December 13, 2017
— Happy not to be a lefty. (@happy_lefty) December 13, 2017