montgomery - The Republicans have lost the battle for the Senate seat of the American state of Alabama. The Democrat Doug Jones won the interim election, US media reported. That means that the Republicans in the Senate now have the smallest possible majority: 51 against 49.
Jones won the controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore. He is the first Democrat in 25 years to obtain a Senate seat for Alabama. ' Thank you Alabama, 'the 63-year-old Jones tweeted when it became clear that the penny was going to stand out. ' I think I've been waiting for my whole life and now I have no idea what to say, '' he said afterwards.
The interim election was exciting until the last moment. The result was initially too close together to declare a winner.
It promised to be an exciting election battle beforehand. Southern Alabama is traditionally a Republican state, but Moore (70) is discredited for alleged sexual harassment in the 1970s and 1980s. He certainly denies, but the doubt has remained. Despite the commotion, President Donald Trump had expressed his unconditional support for his party partner.
According to experts, the election was mainly a popularity poll of Trump's political agenda. The result means that he will have even more trouble to guide legislative proposals through Congress. He congratulated Jones on Twitter. 'The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have a new chance at this seat within a very short time'.