For the first time in a year I went to bed hopeful that American would emerge from the Trump era with a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of voting. Roy Moore lost the Senate race in Alabama last night. Doug Jones is the only Democrat elected as a Senator from Alabama since 1992.
After the results were in, Moore said “God is always in control.”
Silly me. I should have trusted that God was taking care of this election. Thank God Alabama voters didn’t assume that God would take care of things, and they turned out to vote. It was women and African American voters who turned out the vote that made the difference for Jones.
Fifty-eight percent of Alabama women voted for the winner, Democrat Doug Jones, including 35 percent of white women, according to exit polling. That’s more than twice the 16 percent of white Alabama women who voted for President Barack Obama in 2012.
It amounted to a stinging snub of President Trump, who broke with much of his party and fully embraced Mr. Moore’s candidacy, seeking to rally support for him in the closing days of the campaign with his robo call.
Trump explained that the people of Alabama needed to vote for Moore. “Moore is the guy we need to pass our “Make America Great Again” agenda.” Whether because voters were disgusted with Trump, or Moore, or both, the people of Alabama have made their voices heard.
The Washington Post reported in early Novemberthat Mr. Moore, while a local prosecutor in his 30s, had made sexual overtures to four teenage girls, one of whom was 14 at the time of their encounter. Other women said Moore had made advances on them, too, one of whom accused him of committing sexual assault.
The abandonment of Mr. Moore by affluent white voters, along with strong support from black voters, proved decisive, allowing Mr. Jones to transcend Alabama’s rigid racial polarization and Assemble a winning coalition. And solidifying Mr. Jones’s victory were the Republican-leaning residents who chose to write in the name of a third candidate rather than back one of the two major party nominees. More than 20,000 voters here cast write-in ballots, which amounted to 1.7 percent of the electorate – about the same as Mr. Jones’s overall margin.
Before the election in Alabama, Republicans were heavily favored to keep control of the Senate in 2018, when Democrats must defend 25 seats, including 10 in states that Mr. Trump carried in 2016. Just two or three Republican-held seats appear vulnerable, in Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee.
But after Mr. Jones is sworn in, Republicans will control only 51 seats, creating a plausible route for Democrats to take over in 2018.
Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to Mitch McConnell, tweeted, “I’d just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union.”
Megan McCain tweeted her \thoughts about Steve Bannon: “Suck it Bannon.”
Representative King said it was Bannon’s fault and described him as looking like a “disheleved drunk.”