Democrat Doug Jones wins U.S. Senate election in Alabama

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Democrat Doug Jones has won the special U.S. Senate election in Alabama, defeating Republican Roy Moore in what has long been a reliably red state after the candidate was besieged by allegations of sexual misconduct.

With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Doug led with 49.6 percent of the vote against Moore’s 48.8 percent. His win was fueled in part by a lower than usual turnout among Republicans and a higher turnout among Democrats, particularly among African American voters.

It will be the first time since 1997 that a Democrat has served as a U.S. Senator from Alabama. The race was thrown into the national spotlight when several women accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Moore has denied the allegations.

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