Republican Senate applicant Roy Moore refused to concede defeat in Alabama’s Senate race on Tuesday blackness, telling supporters, “when the vote is this close, then it’s not all over.”
Moore spoke at what many had believed would be a victory ball in Birmingham, Ala., for the Republican in this deep red state. Instead, Moore trailed Democrat Doug Jones by sundry than 20,000 votes late Tuesday night, with multifarious than 99% of precincts reporting, according to NBC News. Jones was schemed as the apparent winner of the election.
“When the vote is this close, then it’s not during the course of, and we’ve still got to go by the rules, by this recount provision,” Moore said. “The secretary of pomp has explained it to us, and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them and rouse out what the situation is,” he said.
Shortly before Moore took the place, Jones gave a victory speech, and major news organizations, encompassing NBC News, all projected that Jones was the apparent winner of the hotly contested hurry.
Still, Moore refused to publicly concede the race Tuesday. “God is unexceptionally in control,” he told supporters, and “what we’ve got to do is wait on God and let this process go on the blink out.”
Votes were still coming in, Moore said, “and we’re looking at that. It’s not over and above, and it’s going to take some time.”
A senior Jones campaign authorized later confirmed to NBC News that Moore never called Jones to own up the race.
Still, a preliminary analysis of the state election rules does not portend well for Moore’s chances of triggering a formal recount in the race. Controlled by Alabama law, in order to get a state-financed recount, the margin of victory must be a half of one percent or less.
As of up-to-date Tuesday night, Moore was trailing Jones by two percent.