BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones has won the special election to fill a Senate seat in Alabama, according to exit polls and returns – a shocking upset in a solidly Republican state, in which massive turnout among African American voters helped defeat a candidate enthusiastically backed by President Trump.
The Associated Press called the race at 10:23 p.m. Eastern time. By 11 p.m., Jones led Republican Roy Moore, 49.5 percent to 48.8 percent, with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, but the only outstanding precincts were in Alabama’s city’s, which were going heavily for Jones.
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Jones becomes the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alabama since 1992. The Senate seat came open when Trump chose Jeff Sessions to become attorney general earlier this year.
Jones’s victory followed a pattern set earlier this year in Virginia’s gubernatorial election: a wave of enthusiasm among the …