“We came here all the way from different parts of the country…”
An investigation has been opened up on the senate race former Alabama senate race between Moore and Doug Jones. The investigation will be conducted by Alabama Secretary, John Merrill who will be looking into potential voter fraud.
During an interview, by FOX 10 a Jones supported made comments which fired up the investigation. A man was approached by a camera and was asked by the reporter why he is so excited about Jones’s victory. The man said quite passionately said, “Because, we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship, and all of us pitched into vote and canvas together, and we got our boy elected!”
As of now, we have no evidence of voter fraud occurred, however, Merrill is very curious as to who this unidentified man is and wants to know more information.
It seems very suspicious when someone who’s not from Alabama says that they voted in Alabama’s election,
“We don’t have any evidence of people doing that, our numbers do not indicate that has happened, but when you have someone actually recorded on television saying that they voted, and that’s what he said, then we’ve got to get to the bottom of that,” Merrill later stated.
We don’t know if, in fact, these claims are true, and if this is the next Water Gate or just a nothing story.
BREAKING: John Merrill announces .5% figure is wrong. Says the actual margin is 1%… More to come
Tonight Doug Jones was predicted to have beaten Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Special Election. With news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and even us here at 71 Republic (the first to call the race) confirming such.
At around 11:30 EST, the Chairman of the Roy Moore for Senate Campaign, Bill Armistead, came forward saying that “under the law, we need to wait for a recount.” Armistead followed up by stating that if the margin between Jones and Moore is under 0.5%, then there must be a mandatory recount. Armistead then called on the media to go to the Alabama Secretary of State later tonight to learn more details.
While Moore and his campaign asserts that a recount is a definite possibility, a mandatory one is not likely to happen. The Alabama Secretary of State tells us that until we are able to count the military ballots and write-ins, nothing can be determined. With all this is mind, almost every possibility is up in the air.
Information is limited at the moment, which means that we will be updating this post throughout the night to keep you, the viewer, informed.
Update (12:16 EST):
We can now confirm that the Alabama Secretary of State has said that a change in outcome of the election based on recount is “Very unlikely” despite claims made by Moore campaign chairmen.
Update (12:31 EST):
CNN has reported that under state law in Alabama the Governor has between December 26 to January 3 to certify election results or to announce a forced recount if votes are found to be within the .5% margin. The option of a payed recount is also on the table.
Update (01:09 EST):
Moore campaign silent on social media and otherwise since the address from campaign chairmen earlier tonight.
Update (07:40 EST):
This morning CNN is reporting that Jones holds a steady 1.5% lead.
Update (08:10 EST):
John Merrill has gone on record saying that he voted Moore.
10:15 PM EST: 71 Republic can now officially call the Alabama Senate Special Election for Democrat Doug Jones. He will join Republican Richard Shelby, as one of two Senators from Alabama. This Election has been a close one, and it should be interesting to see how this will change the 2018 Midterm outlook.
10:05 PM EST: Roughly 80% of all precincts in Alabama have reported. With that being said, Jones has won Chambers, Lee, Russell, and Barbour Counties, which was expected. Additionally, Jones and has flipped Lee County, which essentially gives Doug Jones the entirety of the eastern Black Belt. Jones is also overperforming in Madison County.
9:53 PM EST: Lee County, which is one of Alabama’s largest population centers (Home of Auburn University), has gone for Doug Jones. This is also a Democratic pickup. Jones overperformed Moore’s 2012 opponent Robert Vance by 9% here. Madison County, with roughly 60% of its precincts in, shows Jones overperforming by 4.5%. This Election is leaning in Jones’ favor at the moment, although nothing is certain.
9:45 PM EST: Talladega County, which was won by Roy Moore in his 2012 Chief Justice Referendum, has flipped Democrat. In addition, in the “Black Belt,” where the majority of Alabama’s African American population live, Jones is overperforming by roughly 2%. It appears as if Jones has capitalized on the African American vote. This Election is very tight, with Moore and Jones both over and underperforming their expected totals.
9:33 PM EST: The Election seems to have tipped back slightly in Roy Moore’s favor, as Monroe, Clarke, and Butler Counties all seem to have Doug Jones leading. This Election is too close to call, and we will know more once the heavy population centers of the state begin to report more results.
9:27 PM EST: Although Jones continues to trail, his outlook continues to improve. He is outperforming Roy Moore’s 2012 election opponent in even more counties, including Morgan and Colbert counties.
9:15 PM EST: Jones’s momentum is continuing. Rural counties that border the “black belt” are seeing more votes overall for Doug Jones than other comparable Democrats. Jones is currently the favorite to win the seat.
9:09 PM EST: With about 25% of precincts reporting, Doug Jones is showing extreme promise despite currently losing by around 5%, Jones is outperforming comparable Democrats in the key counties of Lauderdale, Lee and Talladega counties.
8:53 PM EST: Roy Moore has taken the lead over Doug Jones, maintaining a lead of around 7-8%. Many Doug Jones counties have very few precincts reporting, which could be indicator of his steep drop in performance.
8:48 PM EST: The race has tightened to with Moore coming within 1% of Jones. Although only under 75,000 votes have been tallied, all metrics are indicating that this race should remain close throughout the night.
8:27 PM EST: Despite early results showing a lead for Doug Jones, this is by no means an indication of any sort of final result. The small lead that Doug Jones has built up only numbers about 1000, however, it is an early sign of promise for Jones supporters hoping to see their candidate prevail in tonight’s election
8:06 PM EST: The key counties for tonight’s race are Madison County, Tuscaloosa County, and Mobile County. These counties all have a population over 50,000 and voted against Roy Moore in the 2012 chief justice race, but voted for Trump in the 2016 election. If Roy Moore struggles to hold leads in these counties, it is an indication that tonight’s race will be very close.
7:55 PM EST: Results for the Alabama Senate special election are expected to be tight. With polls closing in just 5 minutes, most analysts are predicting a slim victory for Roy Moore. Polls all week have predicted a slim margin of victory for Moore, however, a Fox News poll that came out yesterday showed a 10 point lead in favor of Doug Jones. With exit polling data being inconclusive so far, it is anyone’s guess who will come out on top in this highly charged election.
Over the past week, the NFL has dominated media coverage. Here are three stories you might have missed:
1. Women gain the right to drive in Saudi Arabia
As of Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Saudi Arabia announced for the first time in the country’s history that women will be allowed to drive. Prior to this announcement, the issue of whether or not to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia had been widely criticized by a multitude of individuals and organizations campaigning to end the oppression of women, specifically in middle eastern countries. This legislation will go into effect in June of 2018. Many advocates for this new legislation find this to be a huge step forward for progressive reform, specifically gender equality, not only in Saudi Arabia but throughout the entire world.
Fawziah al-Bakr, a Saudi university professor, was a member of one of the first protests against the driving ban in 1990. The protest featured a group of 47 women who drove around the capital of Saudi Arabia until they were all arrested. In reference to that protest, she stated:
“Since that day, Saudi women have been asking for the right to drive, and finally it arrived”, “We have been waiting for a very long time.” -Fawziah al-Bakr
“The rain begins with a single drop” – Manal al-Sharif
2. German Federal Election results, Angela Merkel wins a fourth term and the AfD Party on the rise
On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the results from Germany’s Bundestag (Federal Parliament) election, were in. Angela Merkel won her fourth term as German chancellor, continuing to make history as the first woman and the first East German to hold the title of Chancellor. Merkel’s CDU (Christian Democratic Party) and the CSU (Christian Social Union) won an overwhelming 32.9% of the vote. The SDP (Social Democratic Party) won 20.5% of the vote.
What came as a shock to many people, however, was the high percentage of votes the AfD, Alternative for Deutschland (Germany), received in the election. A party record of 12.6% of the votes went to the right-wing populist organization. Alexander Gauland, a 76-year-old German lawyer and one of the well-known leaders in the AfD, has talked of fighting an “invasion of foreigners” and campaigned openly on fighting Islam and high rates of immigration. Many statements made by leaders of the AfD have been criticized and condemned as racist. For example, Gauland made the following statement on footballer Jérôme Boateng, who was born in Berlin to a Ghanaian father:”They like him as a football player. But they don’t want to have a Boateng as their neighbour.”
“They like him as a football player. But they don’t want to have a Boateng as their neighbour.” -Alexander Gauland
3. Republican Primary for US Senate in Alabama
The GOP primary for Alabama Senate resulted in Roy Moore defeating Luther Strange 57% to 43% on September 26th. When Jeff Sessions was appointed attorney general, the open Senate seat in Alabama was filled by Luther Strange, appointed by
When Jeff Sessions was appointed as attorney general, his open Senate seat in Alabama was filled by Luther Strange, appointed by Governor Robert Bentley. Republican Senator Strange, supported by President Donald Trump, ran against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, supported by Steve Bannon. Moore, well known for his history of controversial statements about things like sexual orientation and race, beat out Trump’s favored candidate in the Republican primaries. Moore will now be pitted against the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, in the Special Senate Election in Alabama.
Matthew Wall is a reporter for 71 Republic. You can contact him via email, at [email protected]